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ArtistUnknown artist
Mediumwood, pigment
Size1350 x 440 mm
DepartmentInternational Art
Subjectsshields (armor), artifacts
Accession DateJul 1988
Accession NoC1994/1/289
Credit LineChartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1988


This New Guinean gope (ancestor) board has a paired design of outlined masks, one above the other. The two faces intersect with pictographically rendered birds that are seen in silhouette. While the tribe that carved and painted this shield is currently not known, it is possible that they it is from the southeastern Gulf of Papua. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Chartwell Notes

Chartwell has been unable to contact the original artist for permission for image use but invites rights holders to contact the Trust if further image use approvals are required.

Exhibition History

Auckland Art Gallery
Te Moananui a Kiwa
23 April 2005 - 22 January 2006
Curated by Ron Brownson

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