Papua Era River Ritual Spirit Bravery Polychrome Gope Board Trophy Shield 10A3
One-of-a-kind, unique, rare Gope
Item 10A3 in our inventory
(Seen on the photos that are not of natives)
Rare vintage Oceanic Kerewa hand carved Gope spirit board in superb condition
Era River, Western Papuan Gulf, New Guinea
Collected 25+ years ago
Measures: 26 1/4" x 6" thick
Colored with natural pigment colors
Gope boards from are elliptical in shape and incised with brightly colored abstract patterns. Warriors were entitled to have a Gope board for each act of bravery, and a board, from the vanquished enemy's canoe held particular significance, transferring some of its previous owner's strength to the victor.
Gope boards serve several functions and are a traditional carving from the eastern Papuan gulf only. In the men's longhouse (the Venei), each clan occupies its own designated area, there are no walls separating these areas but ritual objects, especially gopes, are hung to form the walls of the clan cubicle. The other function performed by some of these gopes is that of a medium through which the elders can get instructions from the spirits. (when to make war, plant the gardens, go on a trading expedition etc.)
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