"Board Gope"Gope board of the Papuan Gulf, Papua New Guinea. Carved wood and natural pigments. Each of these plates is related to the existence of a particular individual, a mythological hero whose history is kept secret by the lineage possessor of the ceremonial object. Each owner has his own repertoire of patterns. the shape of the nose, the motifs surrounding the representation of the eyes and certain carved motifs in the lower part of the plate, are the distinctive signs of the clans. These ceremonial planks all appear as anthropomorphic representations, even if only a part of the body is figured. The sculptors highlight the features of the faces (eyes, mouth and nose) and the navel. The latter is the metaphor that unites the lineage to its place of origin. Sold piece soclée.