Gope Board

Kerewa area Papuan Gulf, PNG, early 20th century
Exhibited: Oceanic Arts from Collections in Hawaii, April 1967,
Honolulu Academy of Arts inventory #27781

This lively gope board is carved from a hardwood. It is carved in high relief with four oval openings on the top and bottom. The original natural pigment is almost all intact. The board has a deep brown patina on both front and back. There is an old crack on the gope’s top right side.

Height: 58 inches.