Ancestral Board (gope, kwoi or kohe)

Unidentified Namau maker, possibly Purari Delta, Havasea village, Urama Island, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

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20th century

Wood, natural pigments (red, white, and black)

Overall: 45 1/4 × 13 1/16 × 15/16 in. (114.9 × 33.2 × 2.4 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Harry A. Franklin Family Collection

2019.97.34

Geography/Culture

Oceania, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea

Period

20th century

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Classification

Oceania

Not on view

Exhibition History

Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 1-September 17, 2006; Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, New York, October 24-September 2, 2007.

Publication History

Robert L. Welsch, Virginia-Lee Webb, and Sebastian Haraha, Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art and Society in the Papuan Gulf of New Guinea, Hanover, New Hampshire: Trustees of Dartmouth College, 2006, ill. p. 34.

Provenance

Collected by Roy James Hedlund, 1961; Harry A. Franklin, Los Angeles, California, date unknown; Harry A. Franklin Family, Los Angeles, California, 1983; lent to present collection, 1990; given to present collection, 2019.

Old Number

O0641; EL.990.54.27906

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