Spirit boards are made in numerous communities of the Papuan Gulf. Via carved and painted designs artists attempt to attract clan spirits to inhabit the boards. The dancing figure on this board is very similar to one collected by Roy J. Hedlund. Click on the square below to see the Polaroid photograph showing Hedlund holding two boards, especially the one at left. The picture was made on April 28, 1961 and is in the Photograph Study Collection at The Metropolitan Museum of Art. (Webb 2006)
Bruce Frank Gallery, New York 2005
Sotheby's October 14-15, 1977
R.W.Bentley and Peter McCormick, California
Hans Schouten, Abcoude, Holland 1972
Sotheby's New York. October 14-15,1977: lot 678.
Coaxing the Spirits to Dance: Art of the Papuan Gulf. The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York. October 24, 2006 - December 2, 2007.