A Fine 19th Century Lil Lil Club and Boomerang, North Western New South Wales carved hardwood; white pigment, carved and engraved hardwood Heights: 67.5cm and 71cm
PROVENANCE: Collected in western New South Wales during the 1890s Thence by descent
Cf. For a related example of a lil lil club see Howard Morphy, Aboriginal Art, New York: Phaidon Press, pp.333-334. For a similar example of a boomerang see Phillip Jones, Boomerang: Behind an Australian Icon, Kent Town: Wakefield Press, 1996, p.93. Jones states,'Here the carver has achieved a fluid symmetry with these sinuous designs highlighted with pipeclay. The designs may represent the travels of a Dreaming Ancestor or the course of a river system' (ibid, p.93).