Central Australian Ceremonial Artefacts - ebay auction results 2005
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Churinga US$29.99 2005-12-29 7375111171
Described as:
Aboriginal message stick or clapping stick, South Australia / Central Australia. Fashioned from hard wood, decorated with meandering designs carved with possum tooth. Covered in red pigment. length 33 cm

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Churinga US$1,176.51 2005-12-22 7375760986
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Superb Aboriginal ceremonial stone This undoubted 19th Century sacred ceremonial Tjuringa originates from Central Australia, and was purchased at an auction in Adelaide during the 1960s. It had prior to this time been in the possession of the Methodist Missionary Society. Measuring 24 cms (9-1/2 inches) in length, the totemic designs are shallow etched, an indicative sign of very early manufacture. The stone is in extremely good condition, and as an added bonus, still retains much of the red ochre infill to the design. This marvellous object is one of the finest available.

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Cyclon US$no bid 2005-12-19 7375249643
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Very rare aboriginal artifact, a Cylcon. The use of such item is a mystery since only two were ever recorded within rituals. It seems although they have the same role as Churingas.

Condition : excellent condition, with one minor chip (circled in red) for this about 20 cm long Cylcon. It has also remains of an old label as shown on pics 3. No useful provenance, nor collecting site unfortunately.

Background : As I said, it seems they had similar ritual use to Churingas. Churingas are best described as symbolic representations closely associated with the ancestors of the Dreamtime. Young initiates are in fact told that it is an ancestor in visible form. These objects brought life and strength to individuals and fertility from the mythological being whose spirit animated a particular area. Churingas were either personally owned or communal possessions. They were used in sacred ceremonies and were the element that made the ritual most effective and brought the participants into the midst of the other world which inspired and sustained the tribe. When not in use the churinga was hidden in a cave or hut, but the spirit remained close to it giving it still vitality. The tribal churinga ensured perpetuation of plant and animal life needed for the support of people.

Cylindro-conical stones or cylcons have described from Eastern, Central Northern Australia (Black 1942; Kamminga and Allen 1973:11; McCarthy 1976:66, McCourt 1975:149-152). McCarthy (1976:68) has suggested that cylcons had ritual significance and that the damage seen on some forms is associated with ritual destruction. While this may been the case in other areas, the evidence suggests that the stone artifacts which may be classified as cylcons, found in the region between the Adelaide and Alligator Rivers east of Darwin N.T., exhibit a more complex life history involving secondary use and reduction. The presence of extensive and varied use wear on the artifacts, combined with observations of their use by contemporary Aboriginal groups, indicates that these forms are connected in a more complex manner. Here we propose an example that has undergo several stages of reduction.

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Churinga US$ 2005-12-24 7375325486
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A very nice old Aboriginal message board, with incised designs to both sides and remnants of applied ochre pigments. The person I purchased this from said it was used in rainmaking ceremonies. Field collected in the late 1950's to early 1960's and from an Alice Springs collection I recently purchased. Good patina. Measures 46cm long or 18 inches. Comes with a custom made metal stand.

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Churinga US$35.00 2005-12-10 7371292698
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Old Aboriginal message board, collected from Papunya in the 1960's. Hand painted with rhythmic dotted designs in colourful pigments and paints, it has linear diagonally carved markings across both sides and a lovely patina. Measures approx 52cm or 20.5 inches long. Has chipping along the edges and surface wear to the paint. One side has a large spot of white discolouration, and one end has a split from age. Otherwise offered in very good collectable conditnd without reserve.

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Churinga US$89.00 2005-12-10 7729024906
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Nice Aboriginal Message Board from Central Australia , collected in the 1950s. . Condition is excellent . Size : 1 ft. x 6 inches . Made from Mulga Wood .

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Churinga US$485.00 2005-12-09 7371022145
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Old Aboriginal message board, collected from Central Australia circa 1950s but would predate the collection time by many years. Has incised rhythmic totemic designs representing water dreaming to both sides with applied red ochres that have worn and a light patina. Measures 84cm or 33 inches long. There are a few spots of white discolouration and a 6 inch stable age crack at one end. Stand pictured has been crafted specifically for this item and will be included in this auction. From an Alice Springs collection I recently purchased. Offered and without reserve. A superb piece.

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Churinga US$199.00 (see 2005-11-21) 2005-12-05 7370489426
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Aboriginal snake carving with aboriginal design (tracks and camps) in very hard wood (Mulga I think). Incisions only on one side. This unusual shape is a evocation of a totemic snake, with the designs I think it could be a churinga. I haven't find a similar example in a publication so far (I welcome any information ! ) Dimensions : 63 cm x 10.5 cm, rather thick. It is a bit darker and more uniformed than shown on the pics, where some white is coming from flashback. General background of churinga : These flat incised sacred boards were either stone or wood and were used in Central Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia but their names and uses varied widely. They are best described as symbolic representations closely associated with the ancestors of the Dreamtime. Young initiates are in fact told that it is an ancestor in visible form. These objects brought life and strength to individuals and fertility from the mythological being whose spirit animated a particular area. Churingas were either personally owned or communal possessions. They were used in sacred ceremonies and were the element that made the ritual most effective and brought the participants into the midst of the other world which inspired and sustained the tribe. When not in use the churinga was hidden in a cave or hut, but the spirit remained close to it giving it still vitality. The tribal churinga ensured perpetuation of plant and animal life needed for the support of people.

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Cyclon US$174.50 2005-12-04 7370115583
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FOR NO RESERVE AUCTION PRE HISTORY ABORIGINAL CYLCON. COLLECTED WESTERN NEW SOUTH WALES 1940s

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Pointing bone US$82.01 2005-11-26 7368067815
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What a specimen. This rare incised example was collected in 1930 and shows signs of use with remnants of resin on the handle end. The piece measures 25cm in length.

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Cyclon US$293.00 2005-11-20 7365576548
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This is one of the better and most unusual oceanic artifacts that was acquired many years ago and coming from an old Australian collection. It is an ancient "cyclon" It was found in Melbourne and came from at least two very old collections and or museum collections ... .please note the old collection numbers written on it's base. It is clearly a ceremonial stone and although it's exact meaning is unknown, researcher's theorize they had fertility and or initiation significance in ancient aboriginal cuulture. This beautiful stone is two tone, made from what appears to be a sandstone type material and possesses a fine old patina. We have never seen one of these offered in ths condition and with this provenance so here is your opportunity to obtain a very rare Aboriginal Tribal work of art, It is not a tourist piece ! It's a rare and high quality example with authentic old patina.

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Bullroarer US$138.50 2005-11-20 7366088600
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This early bullroarer was collected in the 60's. It is a large 67cm in length and is almost hairpin like in shape. It is in good condition and is incised on one side with 3 sets of concentric circular motifs.

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Churinga US$no bid 2005-11-21 7366310332
Described as:
Aboriginal snake carving with aboriginal design (tracks and camps) in very hard wood (Mulga I think). Incisions only on one side. This unusual shape is a evocation of a totemic snake, with the designs I think it could be a churinga. I haven't find a similar example in a publication so far (I welcome any information ! ) Dimensions : 63 cm x 10.5 cm, rather thick. It is a bit darker and more uniformed than shown on the pics, where some white is coming from flashback. General background of churinga : These flat incised sacred boards were either stone or wood and were used in Central Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia but their names and uses varied widely. They are best described as symbolic representations closely associated with the ancestors of the Dreamtime. Young initiates are in fact told that it is an ancestor in visible form. These objects brought life and strength to individuals and fertility from the mythological being whose spirit animated a particular area. Churingas were either personally owned or communal possessions. They were used in sacred ceremonies and were the element that made the ritual most effective and brought the participants into the midst of the other world which inspired and sustained the tribe. When not in use the churinga was hidden in a cave or hut, but the spirit remained close to it giving it still vitality. The tribal churinga ensured perpetuation of plant and animal life needed for the support of people.

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Churinga US$246.50 2005-11-21 7367289256
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A southern Pitjantjatjara mena's law board 'tjining' ceremonial hair pin whcih is worn through the traditional bun at the back of the head during inititiation ceremonies and othr ritual activity such as dancing and song cycles. Design depicts mythical rainbow serpent dreaming track through desert clan estate. These objects are highly regarded, prized and very carefully stored in cult lodges. DIMENSIONS: L. 46CM. (18ins.) WOOD: AUSTRALIAN DESERT IRONWOOD VERY HARD. PROVENANCE : COLLECTED AT ULURU AYRES ROCK DURING FIELD WORK BY THE HEAD of LAND CLAIMS N.L.C. N.T. CONDITION: EXCELLENT OVERALL. ONE SMALL EDGE CRACK. DEEP RICH DARK AGE BURNISHED PATINA.

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Bullroarer US$249.00 2005-11-19 7367828943
Described as:
14.5 inches long. Bought in Amsterdam auction house.

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Bullroarer US$125.00 2005-11-09 7362037212
Described as:
A Western Australian Bullroarer. Carved in elongated leaf form, decorated with incised abstract totemic motif on both sides, and applied red ochre pigment. Weathered patina, in excellent condition. 1960's. Length: 36 cm or 14 inches

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Bullroarer US$224.50 2005-10-20 7357267466
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Old Central Australian Aboriginal message board It is hand carved with incised totemic geometric designs of concentric circles and parralel lines on both sides, similar to those seen on Central Australian churingas. it has traces of applied red ochre pigments and has been varnished at some stage after collection. has a hole and some human hair string like a bullroarer but would probably be too large. From an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 1960's, it measures approx 77 cm or 18 inches long Offered in excellent condition and without reserve. Note: I have photographed it below with a Central Australian boomerang to give an indication of its size. ld Central Australian Aboriginal message board It is hand carved with incised totemic geometric designs of concentric circles and parralel lines on both sides, similar to those seen on Central Australian churingas. it has traces of applied red ochre pigments and has been varnished at some stage after collection. has a hole and some human hair string like a bullroarer but would probably be too large. From an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 1960's, it measures approx 77 cm or 18 inches long Offered in excellent condition and without reserve. Note: I have photographed it below with a Central Australian boomerang to give an indication of its size.

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Bullroarer US$500.00 2005-10-13 7356111383
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A large 19th Century Aboriginal Bullroarer. Western Australia. Very good zigzag carving on the front "Wunda" style. The back is nicely carved as well, has a slight curve to it. Some old losses to the sides and a crack in the wood half way along, which is stable. Genuinely old with great carving. Length is 26 inches (66 cm); width is 3 inches (9 cm) at widest part. Please e-mail if you require further images or have questions.

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Churinga US$150.50 2005-10-10 7354523788
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A fine old hardwood Aboriginal hairpin, originally part of an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 60's. Features a number of carved designs on both sides with a glossy patina. These were worn by the senior men in their hair as a ceremonial decoration. This example measures approx. 29.5cm or 11.5 inches long. Offerred in excellent condition and without reserve.

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Bullroarer US$111.50 2005-10-10 7354523447
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Old Central Australian Aboriginal bullroarer, hand carved with incised totemic geometric designs and noticeable metal tooling, similar to those seen on Central Australian churingas. From an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 1960's, it measures approx 46 cm or 18 inches long with applied bright red ochre pigments and a light patina from age and use. These were spun through the air, making a humming, whirring sound. Very nicely weighted and offered in excellent condition and without reserve.

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Bullroarer US$191.50 2005-10-10 7354523135
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Old Central Australian Aboriginal bullroarer, hand carved with incised totemic geometric designs similar to those seen on Central Australian churingas. From an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 1960's, it measures approx 52 cm or 20.5 inches long and features applied red ochre pigments and a glossy patina from age and use. These were spun through the air, making a humming, whirring sound. This item has a few minor spots of discolouration but is in otherwise excellent condition and offered without reserve.

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Churinga US$438.50 2005-09-28 7352407704
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A rarely seen well used board originating from the Gibson Desert, collected in the 1950's. Both sides are carved with traditional designs and decorated with red ochre. There are remnants of resin and paint. At one end there are feathers held with hair string, cloth and wool. A powerful piece showing many years of use. Length 39.5 inches. Shipping will be with general mail service, please email me for a shipping quote. Item listed with No Reserve!

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Churinga US$395.00 2005-09-26 7352094734
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Superb 19th cent. Aboriginal hairpin or message board collected in Western Australia by Joseph Tepper. His handwriting on the reverse faintly reads 'ROEBUCK BAY 1889'. The front has a finely incised zig zag design, the reverse have random traditional motifs. The ridges on the front have a shiny patina and both sides display a dark red/brown colour from age. One end has a small chip missing. Length 36.5cm or 14.5 inches.

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Bullroarer US$510.00 2005-09-29 7352088678
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Large Central Australian Aboriginal bullroarer. With incised totemic geometric designs similar to those seen on Central Australian churingas. Applied encrusted red ochre pigments. From an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 1960's. Approx 52 cm or 20.5 inches wide. Quantity of human hair string attached These were used by spinning in the air making a humming, whirring sound. This item is offered without reserve.

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Bullroarer US$168.50 2005-09-29 7352087679
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Central Australian Aboriginal bullroarer. With incised geometric designs similar to those seen on Central Australian churingas. Applied red ochre pigments. From an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 1960's. Approx 45 cm or 17.5 inches wide. These were used by spinning in the air making a humming, whirring sound. This item is offered without reserve.

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Bullroarer US$313.00 2005-09-18 7349520731
Described as:
Central Australian Aboriginal bullroarer. With incised geometric designs similar to those seen on Central Australian churingas. Applied red ochre pigments. From an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 1960's. Approx 44 cm or 17.5 inches wide. Human hairstring attached. These were used by spinning in the air making a humming, whirring sound. This item is offered without reserve.

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Churinga US$208.00 2005-09-17 7349279391
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A fine old West Australian hairpin from an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 60's. With deeply carved designs in the La Grange Bay style. Glossy patina with traces of red and brown ochre pigments. These were worn by the senior men in their hair as a ceremonial decoration. 50cm or 19 inches long. Offerred without reserve.

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Churinga US$407.00 2005-09-17 7349278463
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A fine old hardwood hairpin from an Alice Springs collection formed in the 1950's and 60's. Glossy patina with praces of red ochre pigment. These were worn by the senior men in their hair as a ceremonial decoration. 46cm or 18 inches long. Offerred without reserve.

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Churinga US$812.00 2005-09-08 7347574015
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Large ceremonial board collected in the Gibson Desert in the 1950's. Complex geometric motifs are incised both sides with red ochre applied overall. It displays a good handling patina and has a small hole at one end suggesting it may have been used as a bullroarer or for suspension at a later date. Measures 32 inches x 3 inches.

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Churinga US$110.50 (passed in) 2005-09-08 7347054981
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This is one of the better oceanic artifacts that was acquired many years ago and coming from an old Australian collection and than an old californian collection . It is a very rare Aranda or Warramenga painted ritual, ceremonial or Tsuringa (churinga) stone. This beautiful stone is painted both sides in old ochres of red, black, and orange. We have not seen one of these offered for many many years so here is your opportunity to obtain a very rare Aboriginal Tribal work of art, It is not a tourist piece ! It's a rare and high quality example with authentic old patina. It is guaranteed genuine and completely original and is accompanied by our LIFETIME GUARANTEE OF AUTHENTICITY ...see details below....... MEASUREMENTS: 4.5" in length and 2.5" in width at widest point CONDITION: Excellent old patina, and original orange, red, and black ceremonial pigments ................good things which support it's 100% authenticity as an authentic tribal relic in outstanding condition.......please see photos ......

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Churinga US$710.00 2005-08-30 7345463288
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Aboriginal message stick or tjuringa collected in the 1960's in the Tanami Desert on the border of Northern Territory and West Australia. Four sets of concentric circles are carved to one side of this large stick. The markings are the same as those on tjuringa's from Central Australia however the shape is similar to the message sticks that are carried by messengers delivering a messgae from one tribe to another as a sign of good faith, though usually these message sticks are smaller than this. Measures 49cm in length and 7cm in diameter. Carved harwood, dark brown in colour, has a few stable age cracks. PLEASE NOTE: Due to export laws regarding the sale of certain cultural heritage objects, the sale of this item is restricted to AUSTRALIAN RESIDENTS ONLY!

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Churinga US$525.00 2005-08-30 7345460594
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Superb old aboriginal hairpin or message board collected by store owner Ian Durack in Broome in the late 1950's. The front has a finely carved traditional design as is seen on woomeras and shields from the area. The reverse is smoothly adzed with a carved zig zag pattern. Great dark handling patina, red ochre overall, has a small chip to one end of the board. Length 41cm or 16 inches, width 5cm or 2 inches.

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Churinga US$865.87 2005-08-27 7344948450
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For auction is a beautiful stone Tjurunga/pendant with incised circular and zigzag markings on both sides of it. I am not exactly sure what it is, but it looks like a small tjurunga or message board that was probably worn around the neck as a pendant. It is very similar to the pearl-shell (phallocrypt) pendants that came from north-west Australia and were bartered by tribes for use in initiation and magical rites. It definately appears to be a sacred object and looks to be very old, possibly hundreds of years old. This amazing carved stone object was found by a surveyor working out in the Tanami Desert in the mid-1960's. I can supply the successful bidder with the name and contact details of the person who found the object for details of it's provenance. The object is carved from a piece of semi-transparent stone, which looks like it might be gypsum or similar. It measures 100mm x 37mm x 8mm thick. This is a rare and old Aboriginal sacred object of museum quality.

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Churinga US$430.00 2005-08-21 7343655512
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Finely carved aboriginal message board collected in the 1960's by a pilot (Graham Lapthorne) whilst trading goods in the Northern Territory. Highly unusual interlocking design carved both sides of this small wooden board. Dark red colour with ochre applied. Length is 11 3/4 inches, width is 3 1/2 inches.

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Bullroarer US$42.00 2005-08-15 7342306063
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Aboriginal bullroarer painted by the late Dick Roughsey (Goobalatheldin). Purchased directly from the artist by a nurse in 1965. Softwood with natural ochres applied, string cord attached, minor rubbing of ochres. Measures 27cm x 7cm, cord length 100cm.

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Bullroarer US$490.00 2005-08-07 7340618171
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On offer is an old, very rare and exquisite incised bullroarer from Groote Eylandt, an island off the eastern coast of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Unfortunately, there does not seem to be any reference to Groote Eylandt bullroarers in the literature. However, I have been able to obtain information on this intriguing artifact from Groote Eylandt specialist Professor David Turner of the University of Toronto, author of Tradition and Transformation: a Study of Aborigines in the Groote Eylandt Area, Northern Australia (1974). Prof Turner conducted his doctoral field research in anthropology on Groote Eylandt in 1969-1971.

With regards to the specimen I showed him, his comments were:

"... As for the bullroarers, they were really not indigenous to Groote Eylandt ceremonies until after the 1920s when the secret-sacred Mardaiya:n remembrance ceremony was introduced to Groote [Eylandt] from the mainland via the Nunggubuyu [tribe]. But they do form part of that and should be treated accordingly. The [front of the bullroarer containing the incised face] seems to me to be a variant on the East Wind design which makes it the jurisdiction of the Warnindilyaugwa clan (now called Mamariga, the name of the wind), the most conservative of all the Groote clans. I may be wrong but it seems to me [that the painted design on the back of the bullroarer] is associated with the West Wind design and the jurisdiction of the Warngunwadarrbalangwa clan (now called Bara, the name of the wind) with origins on Bickerton [Island, which is adjacent to Groote Eylandt]. I deduce this from designs I have on paintings from people of this clan. I don't know if you have an acquisition date on it but I would put it about the time of the Mountford expedition in 1948".

The bullroarer has been carved from a hardwood and painted in ochre earth pigments. The front of the bullroarer has been incised with a human face. A cord of bush string completes the bullroarer.

This is a really special piece which I regret selling, and I hope it stays in Australia. As Prof Turner indicated, this bullroarer is part of the secret-sacred Mardaiya:n ceremony. Note that the first sustained contact between Groote Eylanders and non-Aboriginal people occurred in 1921, the year a mission was established at Emerald River on Groote Eylandt. The first serious anthropological study of Groote Eylandt culture including the collection of art and artifacts was in 1948 during the Mountford-led American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land, a joint project of the National Geographic Society of America, the Commonwealth Government of Australia and the Smithsonian Institution of the United States of America.

Condition: Good. Pigments a little rubbed and faded as expected of old artifacts. No damage to wood and no repairs/restorations.

Length: about 27 cm or 10.5 inches tip-to-tip. Width: about 5 cm or 2 inches. Weight: 60 grams.

Very rare and old, good comments on provenance and cultural significance by a noted anthropologist.

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Churinga US$795.00 2005-07-19 7336357780
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Originating from Central Australia this large hardwood message board was collected in the 1950's. Both sides are typically carved with concentric circles and crescents. Natural ochres applied. Measures 80cm x 9.5cm.

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Bullroarer US$307.00 2005-07-15 7335659937
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Very old interesting Aboriginal bullroarer, heavily incised both sides. Interestingly the hole at one end has worn through so another hole has been placed at the opposite end. Piece has an untouched original finish. Bullroarer is 260mms long. Very good early piece.

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Churinga US$207.50 2005-07-09 7333683554
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Old and very good small ceremonial board. Deaccessioned from Sydney's Tyrell's Museum in the 1930's. Very unusual and striking iconography. Carved on both sides. Measures 20cm by 5cm. Custom stand included.

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Churinga US$285.00 2005-07-09 7333679788
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Old and very good ceremonial board. Deaccessioned from Sydney's Tyrell's Museum in the 1930's. A very good, old piece with great patination. Carving to both sides. Measures 34cm by 6cm. Custom stand included.

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Bullroarer US$263.88 2005-06-25 7330712594
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Superb Old Central Australian Hunting Bullroarer – beautifully weighted with a nice patina from age, traces of applied red ochre pigments and hand-carved circular designs on both sides. Used by most of the Aboriginal groups throughout Central Australia and trading extensively. Swung through the air, one of these could easily fell an emu from 40-60 metres. They were also used for fighting, digging and had many ceremonial purposes. Hunters would normally carry at least 1 of these with them at all times. This well used example would date from the 1900's and is in very good condition. Has a number of stable age cracks and one small split at the outer edge but is in otherwise excellent condition. Measures approx. 68 cm or 27 inches in length.

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Churinga US$1414.00 2005-06-08 7327271108
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Old aboriginal message board collected on the border of Western Australia and the Northern Territory in the 1950's. The front has a carved interlocking design similar to those found on shields from the la grange bay area. Dark colour overall with a handling patina to the ridges. Measures 83cm x 7.5cm.

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Churinga US$826.00 2005-06-08 7327270356
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Large old aboriginal message board measuring 95cm x 13.5cm. Incised circular motifs decorate both sides with remnants of red ochre overall. Collected by a nurse in Alice Springs in the 1950's.

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Churinga US$29.00 2005-06-05 7326175638
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Old Central Australian message board - carved from dark hardwood and beautifully weighted with incised markings. Used by most of the Aboriginal groups throughout Central Australia and trading extensively. This well used example would date from the 1950's and is in excellent condition. Has been lightly lacquered at some point in the past. Measures approx. 24 cm or 9.5 inches long, 7cm or 3 inches wide.

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Bullroarer US$66.00 2005-05-25 7324192436
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this may be a churinga as the holes look later to me , unusual decoration , traces of red ochre. 10 1/2" long 1 3/4" wide .

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Bullroarer US$450.00 2005-05-08 7320417572
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Description : An antique aboriginal wooden churinga with fine glossy patina and a bluntly incised design to both sides of concentric circles, tracks etc. Drilled on one end. Circa Early C20th ? The circular designs of this churinga are similar to the ones of the Central Australian Aboriginal (Aranda, Arundta group), and publications would refer to Litjitja the flying ant, circles being camps, lines being tracks (T.G.H Strehlow, Aranda traditions, Melbourne University Press, 1947. P.85-6).

Condition : 31.5 cm long, 4 cm at its widest point. Very hard wood (Mulga I think), very good condition as seen from the pics, with nice surface.

General background : These flat incised sacred boards were either stone or wood and were used in Central Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia but their names and uses varied widely. They are best described as symbolic representations closely associated with the ancestors of the Dreamtime. Young initiates are in fact told that it is an ancestor in visible form. These objects brought life and strength to individuals and fertility from the mythological being whose spirit animated a particular area. Churingas were either personally owned or communal possessions. They were used in sacred ceremonies and were the element that made the ritual most effective and brought the participants into the midst of the other world which inspired and sustained the tribe. When not in use the churinga was hidden in a cave or hut, but the spirit remained close to it giving it still vitality. The tribal churinga ensured perpetuation of plant and animal life needed for the support of people.

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Churinga US$275.00 2005-05-10 7319302023
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Applied red ochre with incised designs to both sides - Measures 37.5cm or 15 inches long. Offered in excellent condition and at no reserve.

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Bullroarer US$177.50 2005-05-05 7319097226
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Aboriginal bullroarer collected in the Central Desert in the 1950's. Leaf like form with finely incised circular designs to both sides.Very thin and fine, hand drilled hole with human hair cord attached. Measures 16cm x 3cm.

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Churinga US$315.00 2005-05-05 7319079413
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Old aboriginal message board collected in the 1940's by an army officer. Carved hardwood incsied with traditional designs to both sides. Dark old patina with well rounded edges from extensive handling. A small hole present on each edge mid way up, see last pic. Measures 65cm x 8cm.

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Bullroarer US$710.00 2005-05-01 7318110199
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This beautiful bullroarer and 2 boomerangs were collected by Phillip Taylor, who was the driver/engineer of a Thorneycroft truck on Lasseter's last expedition in 1930 . Lasseter clamed to have found a massive gold reef on an earlier expedition and was attempting to relocate it. Information about Lasseter's last expedition and Phillip Taylor can be found in the Ion Idriess book "Lasseter's Last Ride". Idriess writes "Taylor, throughout the trip, had an insatiable desire for native curios. The blacks about town soon exploited this hobby and Taylor was besieged with offers of coolamons, churingas, spears, woomeras and boomerangs. One man even wanted to sell his wife - a luxury Taylor declined". I obtained these items from Bob Counter who knew Phillip Taylor's wife Edith. Included in this group is a letter of provenance bearing the imprimatur of Bob Counter and also a signed copy of the Ion Idreiss book "Lasseter's Last Ride". A small but fascinating collection. Most of Taylor's collected material was donated to the Brisbane museum. Bullroarer measures 8.5 x 1.25 inches (22 x 3.5 cm) and is almost certainly stone cut. Boomerangs measure 24 and 28 inches (62 and 71 cm). All show patina and use-wear. Condition is good.

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Churinga US$951.00 2005-04-25 7318110173
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One of the nicest boards to appear on eBay in some time. Measures 25 x 3 inches (64 x 7 cm). Shows patina and significant use-wear. Condition is good.

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Bullroarer US$107.50 2005-04-30 7317035172
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Great stone carved Churinga of dark hardwood. Unusual shape and carving. A great piece. This Churinga has a stable crack at one end. (I have removed the residual glue you can see in the picture.)Measures 27.5 x 4 cm.

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Churinga US$461.06 2005-04-25 7316437393
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Collected in the Tanami desert N.T. in the late sixties. Concentric circles, arcs, and straight lines. Overall red ochre finish. This board measures 57 x 9 cms.

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Bullroarer US$399.00 (passed in) 2005-04-24 7315626188
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Description : An antique aboriginal wooden churinga with fine glossy patina and a bluntly incised design to both sides of concentric circles, tracks etc. Drilled on one end, not clear to me if it was done on purpose by the aboriginal owner (as one would for a bull roarer) or at a later date for display (but the hole is well patined). Circa Early C20th ? The circular designs of this churinga are similar to the ones of the Central Australian Aboriginal (Aranda, Arundta group), and publications would refer to Litjitja the flying ant, circles being camps, lines being tracks (T.G.H Strehlow, Aranda traditions, Melbourne University Press, 1947. P.85-6). Condition : 31.5 cm long, 4 cm at its widest point. Very hard wood (Mulga I think), very good condition as seen from the pics, with nice surface. General background : These flat incised sacred boards were either stone or wood and were used in Central Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia but their names and uses varied widely. They are best described as symbolic representations closely associated with the ancestors of the Dreamtime. Young initiates are in fact told that it is an ancestor in visible form. These objects brought life and strength to individuals and fertility from the mythological being whose spirit animated a particular area. Churingas were either personally owned or communal possessions. They were used in sacred ceremonies and were the element that made the ritual most effective and brought the participants into the midst of the other world which inspired and sustained the tribe. When not in use the churinga was hidden in a cave or hut, but the spirit remained close to it giving it still vitality. The tribal churinga ensured perpetuation of plant and animal life needed for the support of people.

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Bullroarer US$193.50 2005-04-19 7315247389
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Superb Old Fluted Central Australian Hunting Bullroarer - beautifully weighted with a nice patina from age, traces of applied red ochre pigments and hand-carved circular designs. Used by most of the Aboriginal groups throughout Central Australia and trading extensively. Swung through the air, one of these could easily fell an emu from 40-60 metres. They were also used for fighting, digging and had many ceremonial purposes. Hunters would normally carry at least 1 of these with them at all times. This well used example would date from the 1900's and is in very good condition. One end has been drilled to allow for mounting for display. Measures approx. 52 cm or 20.5 inches in length. Offered at no reserve.

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Bullroarer US$112.49 (passed in) 2005-04-10 7313470848
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Aboriginal Churinga with circular design. Description: An antique aboriginal wooden churinga with fine glossy patina and a bluntly incised design to both sides of concentric circles, tracks etc. Drilled on one end, not clear to me if it was done on purpose by the aboriginal owner (as one would for a bull roarer) or at a later date for display (but the hole is well patined). Circa Early C20th ? The circular designs of this churinga are similar to the ones of the Central Australian Aboriginal (Aranda, Arundta group), and publications would refer to Litjitja the flying ant, circles being camps, lines being tracks (T.G.H Strehlow, Aranda traditions, Melbourne University Press, 1947. P.85-6). Condition: 31.5 cm long, 4 cm at its widest point. Very hard wood (Mulga I think), very good condition as seen from the pics, with nice surface. General background: These flat incised sacred boards were either stone or wood and were used in Central Australia, Northern Territory and Western Australia but their names and uses varied widely. They are best described as symbolic representations closely associated with the ancestors of the Dreamtime. Young initiates are in fact told that it is an ancestor in visible form. These objects brought life and strength to individuals and fertility from the mythological being whose spirit animated a particular area. Churingas were either personally owned or communal possessions. They were used in sacred ceremonies and were the element that made the ritual most effective and brought the participants into the midst of the other world which inspired and sustained the tribe. When not in use the churinga was hidden in a cave or hut, but the spirit remained close to it giving it still vitality. The tribal churinga ensured perpetuation of plant and animal life needed for the support of people.

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Bullroarer US$399.00 2005-04-08 7312565325
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This glorious old piece has superb patina and is in perfect condition. It is 26cm. (10.25 inches) long. From and old Queensland collection.

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Churinga US$1930.04 2005-04-10 7312271885
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A collection of 19th century Australian Aboriginal Churringas /Bull-roarers /Message sticks The collection consists of 9 items of a related character/design, in diminishing sizes from 9.5 x 1.5 x 0.05 inches to 4.75 x 0.5 x 0.25 inches. Their cross-section is a shallow oval with a max. thickness of 0.05 inch. They are wooden, have incised decoration on both sides and are of an overall terracotta/tan patina [earth/clay colours]. 3 of them have holes bored in one end of their tips. I attach photographs, which give an indication of the items involved. The ones with the holes are bull-roarers, whirled around the head on a string to create a warning signal at tribal ceremonies, whilst the ones without holes are churringas or 'message sticks'. The purpose of the churringa is to provide a mnemonic (in sign language) of the tribe's dreaming or history, or their claim to territory; they are also associated with initiations All of the items show 'age', and the variance in colour and patina and the small defects, which come with time and handling. They are part of a collection brought to Britain by my late relative, who had worked in both Australia and New Zealand during the 1930's, and returned c.1938. Tribal Art specialists in both Australia and the U.K have seen the collection. They have been assessed as " authentic 19th century items, of excellent age and quality; probably stone carved ". I am therefore pleased to give a full guarantee of their authenticity and origin.

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Bullroarer US$143.50 2005-04-04 7311722078
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A nice example of this type of Central Desert bullroarer. This piece is similarly incised both sides and coloured with red ochre. It measures 21cm in length. It was collected around the Papunya area in the 50's.

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Cyclon US$204.50 2005-04-01 7311039343
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Old aboriginal cylcon stone collected in Wilcania in NSW. Carved lineal lines run the length of the stone, chipped butt end. Red earth present on one side. Length approx 9 1/2 inches, width at base 2 1/4 inches.

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Churinga US$356.00 2005-04-01 7311038246
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Old aboriginal message board originating from Central Australia. Finely carved motifs, ochre overall. Collected in Alice Springs in the 1950's. Measures 15 1/2 x 3 inches.

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Bullroarer US$305.00 2005-04-01 7311010249
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Large old aboriginal bullroarer measuring 21 1/2 inches in length. Extremely thin with an old hand drilled hole at the top. Ochred overall with a nice patina. Collected near the borders of south and western australia in the 1950's. Carved motifs are worn in a few areas due to use, there are a few chips missing off the edges.

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Bullroarer US$73.50 2005-03-31 7310814995
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These two were both collected in 1970. One being a bullroarer and the other some type of ceremonial stick. They measure 80 and 32cm each.

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Churinga US$159.00 2005-03-25 7309220124
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This small piece is often referred to as a hair pin but is a smaller sacred object known as a churinga. This example has incised motifs to both sides and measures 18cm in length. Clear signs of use. Provenance can be given to the winning bidder.

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Churinga US$293.00 2005-03-25 7309219570
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This example of churinga was collected prior to 1930 in the Central Desert region. Provenance can be given to the winning bidder. This piece has lovely incised motifs and is very fine. It measures 28cm in length.

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Churinga US$60.99 2005-03-21 7308234178
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A hand carved aboriginal message board/stick in ochre red.The message board originates from the NGAANYATJARRA tribe. In very good condition with one small crack to one side measuring 5 inches. Length 16 inches Widest 2.5 inches.

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Churinga US$(cancelled) 2005-03-23 7308017789
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Early central australian churinga of hardwood with classic incised esoteric motifs, , old ochre covering, smooth patina, 20cm. Stand included. Provenance: Ex-private collection USA. Originally acquired by an English family during the 1920's from the Tyrrell's Museum of Castlereagh Street Sydney.

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Churinga US$1,280.55 2005-03-20 7307209396
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Australian Aboriginal: Great old churinga, pre 1940's, large 44". Excellent condition with good color, and intricate carving - heavy hardwood. Provenance Wayne Heathcote, the leading authority on Australian and S. Pacific art. He states that churinga styles were universal throughout Australia, so making it difficult to specify particular areas of origin.-- Great collector's piece

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Churinga US$494.00 2005-03-19 7307509620
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THIS LOVELY OLD PIECE HAS BEEN VERY FINELY CARVED TRACES OF BLACK AND RED OCHRE ARE STILL THERE I HAVE TAKEN LOTS OF PHOTOS SO YOU WILL BE ABLE TO VIEW IT FOR YOURSELF CONDITION VERY GOOD CONDITION JUST A LITTLE BIT WORN EACH END THERE ARE NO CRACKS OR CHIPS IN THE WOOD SIZE LENGHT 28 INCHES WIDTH 2 INCHES

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Cyclon US$172.50 2005-03-19 7306896549
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Fantastic stone cylcon measuring 20cm tall. Excellent condition with markings on both sides, one side red ochred and the other with what appears to be white pigment. Proclamation of 'Byrock, NSW' on bottom. Cylcons are earlier than churingas. There is no certain ways to date individual cylcons. The oldest cylcon/message stone found in a dateable archaeological context is about 20,000 years old. They represent the earliest art of the Aborigines, from a very early period of occupation. In Australian nomenclature this is the colonizing period, or early Stone Age, ca. 50,000/40,000-3,000 BC. With the earliest rock-carvings and -paintings, the cylcons represent the oldest form of communication and art; and they represent the oldest religion still observed. Only 2 Aborigines have been able to communicate their name of the cylcons: Yurda, and Wommagnaragnara (Heart of the snake), respectively. Other uses as tallies are possible, such as counting of dead people, warriors, emus, measures of nardo seeds, or mapping purposes counting day-marches in various directions. Later the use could also change to other magic rituals, some involving the chipping off of smaller flakes, and the practical use for pounding and crushing. The term cylcon is derived from the title of R. Ethridge's publication: The Cylindro-conical and Stone Implements of Western New South Wales and their significance. Ethnological Series No. 2, Memoirs of the Geological Survey of New South Wales, 1916:1-41.

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Bullroarer US$193.50 2005-03-03 7302642303
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Interesting sap wood eucalypt Central Australian message stick profusely decorated with concentric circles and parallel lines. These often have a hole on one end and used in ceremonial activities where the bull roarer would be whirled into the air to create a whirring sound. In excellent order, it did have a small hole to the centre where it once hung from. This has since been plugged and coloured to suit. Assure buyers it is very small and hardly detracts. The item is in totally original order and retains a red ochre to one side and umber to the other. This is a very well decorated example seldom seen. Measures 12 1/2 " in length.

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Churinga US$315.00 2005-02-27 7302352365
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A good example of these important pieces. Traces of ochre and other deposits. Dense wood, with slight stubbing at the ends. Length is approx. 40cm. (16 inches)

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Churinga US$484.00 2005-02-24 7301969405
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Old aboriginal message board from Central Australia. Concentric circle and stitched motif incised both sides. Ochre overall. Collected in the 1960's. Length 43cm x 7.5cm.

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Churinga US$384.00 2005-02-24 7301766348
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19th or early 20th Century superb totemic designs , decorated both sides .It has a light 'treacle' varnish, this stopped being used in Edwardian times . Very nice example . 1 ft long 2 inches wide .

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Pointing bone US$281.98 see 2005-01-16 and 30 2005-02-21 7301669180
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I am offering here one aboriginal pointing bone from central Australia. Contrary to ebay standards, I will provide the winning bidder with details about name of field collector, paper work and picture showing the bone pointer, to prove without ambiguity it was shown in a Danish museum exhibit in 1979.

Amongst the central Australian native there is no such thing as a belief in natural death (actually it rather common among the pacific, and for example in the Sepik, nobody is dying from disease, but from attack of a witch/sorcerer, a Sanguma). People are dying from Magic. In ART OF THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS, Camperdown Australia, 1970, John Carrick relates that, "Australian aboriginal sorcerers were universally feared; they could cause death or injury to a victim by projecting an evil spirit into him with a 'pointing bone'. Bone pointing was practised by many groups. Among the Aranda of central Australia, the bone was cursed and pointed secretly at the victim with chants. Unless some medicine man could remove the evil magic, the boned person would die."

Often the dying man will whisper in the ear of a medicine man, a Railtchawa, the name of the man whose magic is killing him. Then, there will be a way to revenge... by the mean of a Kurdaitcha party. The man who is going to play this part is chosen by elders, and wearing shoes made of a thick pad of emu feathers matted together with human blood drawn from the arm of some young men. He will go through very painful and serious initiation, and will kill the victim, without leaving traces... Pointing the bone, revenge by Kurdaitcha party, other kind of magic...

Recently a bone has been pointed at the prime minister John Howard, within a different framework, since from a politically correct point of view it was interpretated as: "Mr Clark said in the Prime Minister's case the ceremony had two purposes - to lift 'the cloud of misery' occupying his mind or to enlighten him about the future of the country and Aboriginal affairs." (April 2004). Maybe since exceptionally the bone has been pointed by a woman, who was not face to face with the victim, it did not had its full magical power...

Condition : Here is one aboriginal killing bone, collected from a Walpiri tribe member, in Yuendumu area, 300 km west of alice springs in the 1960s. It was presented in a museum in Danemark in 1979 (details including pics will be included).

They are in excellent condition, with its spinifex ending, and nice honey patina, 23 cm long.

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Pointing bone US$165.50 2005-02-17 3782162246
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This was collected in the early 50's and was said to have been certainly used. The bone measures 11cm in length and has attached resin with human hair string. A good example of this type of artefact.

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Cyclon US$102.50 2005-02-11 3779771907
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Very large stone cylcon measuring 34 cm x 6 cm. Found broken and reglued from 4 pieces. Cylcons are earlier than churingas. There is no certain ways to date individual cylcons. The oldest cylcon/message stone found in a dateable archaeological context is about 20,000 years old. They represent the earliest art of the Aborigines, from a very early period of occupation. In Australian nomenclature this is the colonizing period, or early Stone Age, ca. 50,000/40,000-3,000 BC. With the earliest rock-carvings and -paintings, the cylcons represent the oldest form of communication and art; and they represent the oldest religion still observed. Only 2 Aborigines have been able to communicate their name of the cylcons: Yurda, and Wommagnaragnara (Heart of the snake), respectively. Other uses as tallies are possible, such as counting of dead people, warriors, emus, measures of nardo seeds, or mapping purposes counting day-marches in various directions. Later the use could also change to other magic rituals, some involving the chipping off of smaller flakes, and the practical use for pounding and crushing. The term cylcon is derived from the title of R. Ethridge's publication: The Cylindro-conical and Stone Implements of Western New South Wales and their significance. Ethnological Series No. 2, Memoirs of the Geological Survey of New South Wales, 1916:1-41.

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Bullroarer US$189.50 2005-02-11 3779773837
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Early central australian bullroarer of hardwood with classic incised motifs and animal tracks, old ochre covering, smooth patina, 23cm. Stand included. Provenance: Ex-private collection USA. Originally acquired by an English family during the 1920's from the Tyrrell's Museum of Castlereagh Street Sydney.

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Churinga US$335.00 (see below 3774832462) 2005-01-30 3778561646
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I am offering here one aboriginal churinga with typical broome zigzag designs, collected in 1968 at Broome N/W Aus by a Danish geologist during his field work. It was shown in 1979 in a Danish Museum. The paper work (inventory from the exhibit with reference to this churinga) will be provided to the winning bidder. Excellent condition, 38 cm x 5.7 cm

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Pointing bone US$99.00 (passed in) see 2005-01-16 2005-01-30 3778553803
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I am offering here one aboriginal pointing bone from central Australia. Contrary to ebay standards, I will provide the winning bidder with details about name of field collector, paper work and picture showing the bone pointer, to prove without ambiguity it was shown in a Danish museum exhibit in 1979.

Amongst the central Australian native there is no such thing as a belief in natural death (actually it rather common among the pacific, and for example in the Sepik, nobody is dying from disease, but from attack of a witch/sorcerer, a Sanguma). People are dying from Magic. In ART OF THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS, Camperdown Australia, 1970, John Carrick relates that, "Australian aboriginal sorcerers were universally feared; they could cause death or injury to a victim by projecting an evil spirit into him with a 'pointing bone'. Bone pointing was practised by many groups. Among the Aranda of central Australia, the bone was cursed and pointed secretly at the victim with chants. Unless some medicine man could remove the evil magic, the boned person would die."

Often the dying man will whisper in the ear of a medicine man, a Railtchawa, the name of the man whose magic is killing him. Then, there will be a way to revenge... by the mean of a Kurdaitcha party. The man who is going to play this part is chosen by elders, and wearing shoes made of a thick pad of emu feathers matted together with human blood drawn from the arm of some young men. He will go through very painful and serious initiation, and will kill the victim, without leaving traces... Pointing the bone, revenge by Kurdaitcha party, other kind of magic...

Recently a bone has been pointed at the prime minister John Howard, within a different framework, since from a politically correct point of view it was interpretated as: "Mr Clark said in the Prime Minister's case the ceremony had two purposes - to lift 'the cloud of misery' occupying his mind or to enlighten him about the future of the country and Aboriginal affairs." (April 2004). Maybe since exceptionally the bone has been pointed by a woman, who was not face to face with the victim, it did not had its full magical power...

Condition : Here is one aboriginal killing bone, collected from a Walpiri tribe member, in Yuendumu area, 300 km west of alice springs in the 1960s. It was presented in a museum in Danemark in 1979 (details including pics will be included).

They are in excellent condition, with its spinifex ending, and nice honey patina, 23 cm long.

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Churinga US$565.88 2005-01-22 3776340144
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Old carved message board originating from the western desert, 100km inside the West Australian border. Leaf like shape with finely incised pattern both sides. Quite thin with old ochre and patina. Measures 25.5 inches.

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Emu feather boots US$172.50 2005-01-20 3775782790
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Pair of old feather aboriginal kadaitcha shoes. Collected in the northern territory in the late 1950's. Emu feathers and spun human hair. Measures approx 8 1/2 x 5 inches

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Churinga US$199.00 2005-01-18 3775475221
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Central Australian Churinga, possibly from 1940's or 50's , convex surface on each side. Incised with circular pattern and angular straight lines on both sides, Dimensions 12.5 inches x 2.5 inches

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Pointing bone US$99.00 (passed in) 2005-01-16 3774831753
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I am offering here one aboriginal pointing bone from central Australia. Contrary to ebay standards, I will provide the winning bidder with details about name of field collector, paper work and picture showing the bone pointer, to prove without ambiguity it was shown in a Danish museum exhibit in 1979.

Amongst the central Australian native there is no such thing as a belief in natural death (actually it rather common among the pacific, and for example in the Sepik, nobody is dying from disease, but from attack of a witch/sorcerer, a Sanguma). People are dying from Magic. In ART OF THE FIRST AUSTRALIANS, Camperdown Australia, 1970, John Carrick relates that, "Australian aboriginal sorcerers were universally feared; they could cause death or injury to a victim by projecting an evil spirit into him with a 'pointing bone'. Bone pointing was practised by many groups. Among the Aranda of central Australia, the bone was cursed and pointed secretly at the victim with chants. Unless some medicine man could remove the evil magic, the boned person would die."

Often the dying man will whisper in the ear of a medicine man, a Railtchawa, the name of the man whose magic is killing him. Then, there will be a way to revenge... by the mean of a Kurdaitcha party. The man who is going to play this part is chosen by elders, and wearing shoes made of a thick pad of emu feathers matted together with human blood drawn from the arm of some young men. He will go through very painful and serious initiation, and will kill the victim, without leaving traces... Pointing the bone, revenge by Kurdaitcha party, other kind of magic...

Recently a bone has been pointed at the prime minister John Howard, within a different framework, since from a politically correct point of view it was interpretated as: "Mr Clark said in the Prime Minister's case the ceremony had two purposes - to lift 'the cloud of misery' occupying his mind or to enlighten him about the future of the country and Aboriginal affairs." (April 2004). Maybe since exceptionally the bone has been pointed by a woman, who was not face to face with the victim, it did not had its full magical power...

Condition : Here is one aboriginal killing bone, collected from a Walpiri tribe member, in Yuendumu area, 300 km west of alice springs in the 1960s. It was presented in a museum in Danemark in 1979 (details including pics will be included).

They are in excellent condition, with its spinifex ending, and nice honey patina, 23 cm long.

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Churinga US$305.00 (passed in) 2005-01-16 3774832462
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I am offering here one aboriginal churinga with typical broome zigzag designs, collected in 1968 at Broome N/W Aus by a Danish geologist during his field work. It was shown in 1979 in a Danish Museum. The paper work (inventory from the exhibit with reference to this churinga) will be provided to the winning bidder. Excellent condition, 38 cm x 5.7 cm

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Bullroarer US$62.88 2005-01-09 3773415191
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Small intricately carved aboriginal bullroarer with human hair string attached. Collected in the fifties in western Australia. Remnants of red ochre. Measure approx. 13" tall x 2" wide.

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