Spirit Board (Gope)
Arts of the Pacific Islands
early 20th century
43 x 8 1/2 x 2 in. (109.2 x 21.6 x 5.1 cm) (show scale)
Labels on recto read: "Meagoma Delta Division Papua 11/13/33" and "8"
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Gift of John W. Vandercook
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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 (Photo: Brooklyn Museum, 51.118.6_black_background.jpg)
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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.
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