Those of you who study and admire spirit boards from the Papuan Gulf will recognize this as an early example—despite the freshness of the pigments. Within most cultures in New Guinea sacred objects were repainted often to recharge their spiritual potency. The age on this particular board is evidenced by the smooth backside, pierced top and sides for attachments and classic composition with a clear, piercing expression. Coming from the Urama region at the mouth of the Kikori River this gope was field collected by Roy Hedlund in 1960 and then sold to the New York dealer Julius Carlebach shortly thereafter as it was in an American private collection by March of 1961. The gope board dates to the late 19th century, is 28 1/8” (71.3 cm) in height and the price is available upon request. Questions?