Collection Online
natural pigments on wood
213.5 × 40.0 × 5.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Kerewa village, Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through the NGV Foundation by Gabrielle Pizzi, Governor, 2001
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The oval-shaped gope board bears a raised relief design that has been painted in black with the sunken ground painted in white and a range of pinks. The figure on the board is carved in a style characteristic to those of Kerewa. Gope boards are regarded as protective beings that ward off sickness and other illnesses.