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Aboriginal Churinga


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By (artist) Inconnu


Oblong wooden Churinga. Sligtly convex on one of its sides, it is engraved on both sides with traditional motifs. The concentric circles symbolize a water source or a meeting point; the semi-circles, the members of a clan; the lines, footpaths or lances. It is also marked with animal tracks.

This object is at the same time an aid to remember events important to individuals or the clan, a depiction of the symbolic route to Dreamtime, which is the provenance of Aboriginal cosmonogy, and a map of an actual topography.

Notice Artkhade

Creation datesd [circa 19e]
Physical descriptionLong : 33 cm (13 in.) - Bois dur et pigments ocre rouge
Place of origin
Size33,00 cm
Breton Auction, 2003Lot 6100
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CategoriesAustralie, Oceanian, Ppolynesian, Melanesian Art
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