An Engraved Pearl Shell, Western Australia, Riji, Jakoli
Lot 10
An Engraved Pearl Shell, Western Australia, Riji, Jakoli
Sold for AU$ 2,400 (US$ 2,227) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
An Engraved Pearl Shell, Western Australia, Riji, Jakoli
incised pearl shell, red natural earth pigment, human hair string, cotton fibre
Length: 16cm (6 5/16 in). (shell), 50cm (19 11/6in). (overall)

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Executed in the Kimberley region, Western Australia in the 1950s
    Private collection

    Cf. For a similar example in the collection of the Tasmanian Museum and Art Gallery, Hobart see Kim Akerman, From Boab Nuts to Ilma: Kimberley Art and Material Culture'; Judith Ryan and Kim Akerman (eds.), Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 1993, pp.108-109.

    Pearl shells from the Kimberley region have played numerous roles in Aboriginal culture. The pendants with hair string were worn to influence the onset of rain, as a symbol of strength and good health and in a ritual context by initiates.
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    Specialist - Aboriginal Art
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