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»Gope« spirit boards depict stylised faces that embody a guardian spirit that protects the group or clan. They are usually stored in the men's house, either placed on the ground or hung up using a piece of string. This board has an eyelet at the top for a string attachment. The smiling face is framed by ornaments that represent a headdress worn by dancers. It is oval and curved which indicates that it was made from a decommissioned canoe.

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