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ceremonial board


Papuan Gulf art features two-dimensional painted surfaces with shallow carving, emphasizing line and color. A simple human figure is carved on this board, although only the eyes, nose and forehead are easily recognizable. The boards are kept in the men's house, and it is likely that the figure on the surface represents a protective ancestor spirit.

Object Information

creation date
1940-1960
materials
wood, pigment
dimensions
48 3/4 x 8 1/2 x 1 in.
accession number
1989.1461
credit line
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. Harrison Eiteljorg
copyright
No Known Rights Holder
collection
South Pacific Art
colors