Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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relief carving
  • Palau
  • relief carving, late 1800s–1975
  • Where object was made: Palau
  • wood, carving
  • Object Height/Width: 17 x 117 cm
    Object Height/Width: 6 11/16 x 46 1/16 in
  • Gift of David and Mary Johnson
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4044

The irregular shaped board has a flat bottom with images carved in relief on the front side, known as a story board. Seven people are depicted sitting or laying among palm trees. There is possibly a head in a basket on the facing right lower portion and the reclining figure in the center is possibly decapitated.