Nice Bright and Bold Gulf Gopi Board, New Guinea – #7957


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Nice Bright and Bold Gulf Gopi Board, New Guinea. Gopi (Gope) Boards are made in the Papuan Gulf region of Papua New Guinea. Small, unnamed gopis are given to uninititiated boys. However the larger ones are more important and are made by a young man’s uncle for the nephew’s initiation. Each one is named and the carver/uncle dances with it during the initiation ceremony. After that it is used in the men’s house to guard clan areas and headhunting skull displays.

Designs are traditional for clans and families with a little room for artistic freedom. Styles are unique to various villages and regions of the area. Gopis are still made and used by Gulf tribes.

This gopi measures 40.25 inches tall and 10.5 inches wide.

Price: $275 plus $25 shipping costs* for a total cost of $300

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