Lot 105: A fine Papuan Gulf spirit board

A fine Papuan Gulf spirit board, Central Gulf, Probably Wapo or Era; Papua New Guinea

The board of classical form with a face on the upper third and complex curvilinear motifs throughout, the surface covered with dirt over a red field with white highlights and black linear patterns.The board tapering to a narrow point at the bottom. Fine old reverse, probably from an old war canoe. H. 40 1/2"

Property of a US Private Collector

Field collected by the current owner decades ago in Baimuru; Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea

Estimate: $500 - $700

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