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Carved and Painted Board (Gope)

Arts of the Pacific Islands

CULTURE Era River
MEDIUM Wood, natural pigments
DATES early 20th century
DIMENSIONS 53 x 11 x 2 1/2 in. (134.6 x 27.9 x 6.4 cm)  (show scale)
MUSEUM LOCATION This item is not on view
ACCESSION NUMBER 51.118.5
CREDIT LINE Gift of John W. Vandercook
RIGHTS STATEMENT Creative Commons-BY
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CAPTION Era River. Carved and Painted Board (Gope), early 20th century. Wood, natural pigments, 53 x 11 x 2 1/2 in. (134.6 x 27.9 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John W. Vandercook, 51.118.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.118.5.jpg)
IMAGE overall, 51.118.5.jpg. Brooklyn Museum photograph
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CATALOGUE DESCRIPTION The object is a carved and painted board (gope) that was collected in 1933. It is in good condition. The paint surface is stable. On the back, several cracks are visible. One, 7 in. long, is located at the bottom tip of the board; two others, 14 in. and 4 1/2 in., are located on the central lower portion of the board. Narrow oval plaque of wood is carved with a design consisting of a face inscribed by an attenuated diamond shape whose top and bottom corners are stretched to the edges of the wood. The face itself consists of a forehead and nose that are defined by a T-shaped form, a heart-shaped mouth, and a scroll-like pattern, into which circular eyes are set, that also delineated the sides of the face. A crescent-shaped pattern filled with chevrons completes the top edge of the face. The remaining surface of the board is characterized by four pointed lozenges filled with a carved zigzag pattern.
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Era River. <em>Carved and Painted Board (Gope)</em>, early 20th century. Wood, natural pigments, 53 x 11 x 2 1/2 in. (134.6 x 27.9 x 6.4 cm). Brooklyn Museum, Gift of John W. Vandercook, 51.118.5. Creative Commons-BY (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.118.5.jpg)

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