Collections: Arts of the Pacific Islands: Spirit Board (Gope)

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    Spirit Board (Gope)

    • Medium: Wood, pigment
    • Place Made: Wapo Creek, Meagoma Village, Purari River delta, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
    • Dates: early 20th century
    • Dimensions: 43 x 8 1/2 x 2 in. (109.2 x 21.6 x 5.1 cm)  (show scale)
    • Inscriptions: Labels on recto read: "Meagoma Delta Division Papua 11/13/33" and "8"
    • Collections:Arts of the Pacific Islands
    • Museum Location: This item is not on view
    • Accession Number: 51.118.6
    • Credit Line: Gift of John W. Vandercook
    • Rights Statement: Creative Commons-BY
    • Caption: Spirit Board (Gope), early 20th century. Wood, pigment, 43 x 8 1/2 x 2 in. (109.2 x 21.6 x 5.1 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John W. Vandercook, 51.118.6. Creative Commons-BY
    • Image: overall, 51.118.6_yr1961_acetate_bw.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
    • Catalogue Description: Narrow oval plaque of wood is carved with a design consisting of isolated linear forms arranged along the vertical axis. From top to bottom is a circle with three downward-facing spokes, a stylized fast the sides of which terminate in elongated hook forms, a circle with four diagonally-branching spirals, a circle flanked by two abstract motifs; at the bottom there is another circle with three spokes: the middle spoke points straight up, the two side spokes curl inward. These designs are filled in with which pigment. Ochre and black pigment complete the surface decoration. The object is in good condition. The surface is worn and abraded from use, but stable. White paint is flaking in areas. Labels on back include a proper white label with "B'klyn, L 100.61" written and typed onto it respectively, two fabric tags- "Meagama- gopi, Delta div. Papua, 11/13/33 4s. Tobacco, 8 (?) beads" and "8" with "34.185L" written in red paint and crossed out. Traces of blue exhibition paint are located along top back edge.
    • Record Completeness: Good (79%)
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