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Rare Old Australian Stone Churinga w/prov.
Item # 1508476323
Antiques & Art:Antiques:Ethnographic:Pacific Rim
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Location vermont
Country USA
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Rare Old Australian Stone Churinga w/prov.

From an old American collection comes this rare Australian aboriginal artifact that is rarely seen on the market, CHURINGA. They were incised from stone and then ochred in red.

Churingas for the aboriginal were like personal diaries- etched pictographs in stone. They tell of highly personal and important events: family/clan activities, meetings, campgrounds, natural environment, their ancestral sacred "dreamings". This incised and ochred stone churinga (message stone) reveals important messages about indigenous Aboriginal life in the outback. Circles could represent members of a family or clan , meeting places, camp sites, water holes, animal tracks. Lines might mean paths or spears; and dots rain, ants, eggs, or animal tracks. this is a wonderful old vintage example circa early 1900's with fine old dark patina. 5." long x 3 " wide, and an old repair on tip.

DIMENSIONS: 5." length by 3" wide.

PROVENANCE: from the estate of Professor Joseph Birdsell specialist in Aboriginal Art, collected in the 1940's-1950's

CONDITION: Beautiful old dark patina, natural red ochre; repair at tip with substantially all red ochre still present

MARKETPLACE OBSERVATION: Old stone churingas rarely appear in the marketplace and we have observed old albeit somewhat larger examples offered in the $1500-$3000 range. This beautiful old specimen with solid provenance has a modest reserve that would enable you to acquire it for substanitally less.

Please also enjoy a photo of a possible incisings translation index from ABORIGINAL AUSTRALIA presented by the Australian Gallery Directors Council in 1981.

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