Lot 256: 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". Comments: Property of a US Private Collector. Provenance: Field collected by the current owner decades ago in Baimuru; Gulf Province, Papua New Guinea.

Price Realized: $125

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