Ancestor Board (Gope)

Unidentified Kerewa maker, Goaribari Island, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea

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collected 1912

Wood, natural pigments (red, white and black)

Overall: 42 1/2 × 7 1/2 × 13/16 in. (108 × 19 × 2 cm)

Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College: Gift of Dr. Bradley M. Patten

34.36.5956

Geography/Culture

Oceania, Melanesia, Papua New Guinea

Period

20th century

Object Name

Personal Symbol

Classification

Oceania

Not on view

Exhibition History

Religious Symbols in the Art of New Guinea, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 47 & 53, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, April 17-May 16, 1999.

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.

Ancestors, Spirits, and Families: Expressing Relationships in Melanesian Art, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 47, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, May 11-June 30, 1996.

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. 36.

Provenance

Collected by Professor William Patten (1861-1932, Class of 1908H, Dartmouth Professor of Zoology, 1893-1931), March 17-23, 1912; to his son Dr. Bradley M. Patten (1889-1971), Ann Arbor, Michigan; given to present collection, 1971.

This record was created from historic documentation and may not have been reviewed by a curator; it may be inaccurate or incomplete.

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