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Gope (Papua)

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Gope is a term for a spiritually charged carved board made to represent an Ancestral Hero in the Papuan Gulf of Papua New Guinea.[1] Papuan Gulf people around Kikori and Baimaru refer to these boards as Kwoi. These sculptures are often made from the sides of an old canoe.[2]


  1. Haddon, A. C. (January 1934). "The Dance of the Gope in Kerewa". Man. 34: 8. doi:10.2307/2790892. ISSN 0025-1496.
  2. "Children and Youth in History | Gope, Ancestor or Spirit Boards [Object]". chnm.gmu.edu. Retrieved 2018-12-19.

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