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EARLY ANCESTRAL BOARD

EARLY ANCESTRAL BOARD
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EARLY ANCESTRAL BOARD
EARLY ANCESTRAL BOARD
EARLY ANCESTRAL BOARD

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Ancestral board from New Caledonia, circa 1890; length 97.8cm (38 1/2in); also known as "Gope", they represent either ancestors or mythical founders of kinship groups; these boards were kept in the men's houses where they stood at the entrances to the clan cubicles, were individually owned and had individual names after ancestors or spirits