Gope Board

Gope Board

  • Artist

    Unknown artist

  • Production Date


  • Medium

    wood, pigment

  • Size

    1040 x 215 mm

  • Credit

    Chartwell Collection, Auckland Art Gallery Toi o Tāmaki, 1987

  • Accession Number


  • Accession Date

    Dec 1987

  • Department

    International Art

  • Classification


  • Collection


  • Subjects

    boards (flat objects), carvings

  • Chartwell Notes

    Please note: We have been unable to obtain direct approval for this image but we acknowledge the original maker. If the copyright owner is able to contact us, we will immediately respond. Regards, Chartwell

  • Description

    Gope, kwoi and hohao are all terms for the ancestor boards that are made around the northern Papuan gulf. It is considered that this spirit board was made by the Kerewa people of Goaribari Island.

    The pair of eyes are under a widow’s peak design that leads down to the navel at the base of the carving. A feature of this area’s art is that the ancestor’s face is often the predominant subject. (Te Moananui a Kiwa, 2005)

Exhibition history