VOTIVE BOARD called Gope - Papua New Guinea - First half of the 20th century

20th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    VOTIVE BOARD called Gope or Hohao or Kwoi
    Culture Kwai Island, Papua New Guinea
    First half of the 20th century
    Wood and pigments
    H.: 98; L.: 20.5 cm

    Also called Gope, Hohao or Koi depending on its region, these “spirit boards” were monoxyl in the shape of a tapered mandorla, animated by the portrait of a tutelary genius Imunu sculpted in bas-relief. This spirit can refer to a clan or individual ancestor.
    They were kept in the alcoves of houses.

    This copy is animated by a stylized smiling face with ocher features outlined in black on a white background. Four other abstract compositions punctuate the board.

    “Each board bore a name which is that of the imunu, the spirit, which could reside there. [...] These imunu lived in different places around the village - forest, water hole in the river, even in the sea - and were at the center of the religious system: they protected a family, ensured its well-being and its survival. They accompanied and protected the men in their various actions.” Peltier in Eclectic. A 21st century collection, 2016, p. 148.

    Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

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    Condition Very good
    Style Tribal Art (Oceanic Common and rituals objects of Tribal Art Style)
    Period 20th century (Oceanic Common and rituals objects 20th century)
    Country of origin Papua New Guinea
    Shipping Time Ready to ship in 2-3 Business Days
    Location 93400, Saint-Ouen, France
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