Ancestral Board (Gope; kwoi or kohe)

Namau people, possibly Purari Delta, Havasea village, Urama Island, Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea, Melanesia, Oceania

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20th century

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

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

990.54.27253

Geography/Culture

Oceania, Melanesia

Period

20th century

Object Name

Communication Artifacts: 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.

Recontextualizing 'Primitive' Art: Melanesian and African Works, An Exhibition in Process, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Anthropology 72, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 29-May 25, 1997.

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.

Basis for Design: Visual Problem Solving, Harrington Gallery Teaching Exhibition, Studio Art 10, Hood Museum of Art, Dartmouth College, Hanover, New Hampshire, March 31-April 26, 1998.

Arts of New Guinea, Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Santa Barbara, California; Municipal Art Gallery, Barnsdale Park - Los Angeles, California; Seattle Art Museum, Seattle, Washington; Portland Art Museum, Portland, Oregon, 1964-1965, not listed.

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

Santa Barbara Museum of Art, Arts of New Guinea, Santa Barbara: Santa Barbara Museum of Art, 1964, not listed.

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. 8.

Rebecca Bailey, What Is There to Teach About Art?, Dartmouth Alumni Magazine, Volume 88, Number 8, May 1996, South Burlington: The Lane Press Inc., 1996, pp.36-45, ill. p. 45

Provenance

Acquired by Harry A. Franklin (1903-1983), Los Angeles, California, in the 1950s; to the Harry A. Franklin Family Collection, Los Angeles, California, 1983; given to present collection, 1990.

Old Number

O0640

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