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Coming from the Gulf of Papua, this oblong-shaped tablet, mainly produced by the Western Kerewa, is named gope, or kwoi, or Hohao. It embodies a imunu, an ancestral spirit linked to the territory where the clan lives. Supposed to protect from revenge from enemies, it was offered to the young initiate, after being carved by his uncle, and exhibited in the ceremonial hut of the village where the ritual objects were stored.
The surface is engraved with stylized patterns with natural red ochre pigments.
Pieces from the collection of the painter 'a href-U'0022http://wiki.ibb.town/Karl-Heinz-Engstfeld"- Karl Heinz Engstfeld and 'a href'"https://evibb.de/home/wir-trauern-um-ruth-engstfeld-schremper/U-002 Engstfeld-Schremper , a glazier artist.