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19th Century Aboriginal Churinga, Central Australia

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A lovely old Churinga, fine soft patina on both sides from rubbing during Aboriginal ceremonies. Deep vertical and linear carved design, done with a possum tooth or kangaroo claw. Traces of red ochre wash. Churingas were sacred totemic items rarely seen, kept in a hallowed storehouse or Ertnatulunga, containing the churingas of all the tribe members .The owner of the would have been given a secret name, Aritna Churinga, never to be mentioned out loud except on solemn occasions the churinga is being examined.

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  • Condition
    Good.
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use.
  • Dimensions

    H 29.34 in. x W 4.93 in. x D 5.12 in.

    H 74.5 cm x W 12.5 cm x D 13 cm

  • Seat height
    32.29 in. (82 cm)
  • Seller location
    Vienna, AT
  • Reference number
    LU273338792143

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