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.

Details

    Materials and Techniques
    Carved   Wood
  • Condition
    Good
  • Wear
    Wear consistent with age and use
    Dimensions
    29.33 in. H x 4.92 in. W x 5.12 in. D
    75 cm H x 13 cm W x 13 cm D
  • Seat Height
    32.28 in. (82 cm)
  • Seller Location
    Vienna, Austria
  • Number of Items
    1
  • Reference Number
    LU273338792143
About the Seller

1stdibs seller since 2017

Located in Vienna, AT

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