A pair of Long-forked Clubs (Thorpurunga)
Lot 195
A pair of Long-forked Clubs (Thorpurunga)
AU$ 1,000 - 1,500
US$ 900 - 1,300

Lot Details
A pair of Long-forked Clubs (Thorpurunga) A pair of Long-forked Clubs (Thorpurunga)
A pair of Long-forked Clubs (Thorpurunga)
natural earth pigments on carved ironwood
Heights: 55cm and 53cm

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Executed on Bathurst or Melville Islands circa 1960
    Private collection
    Sotheby's, Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 26 - 27 July 2004, lot 335
    Private collection

    Cf. For related examples see Sandra Le Brun Holmes, The Goddess and the Moon Man: The Sacred Art of the Tiwi Aborigines, Sydney: Craftsman House, 1995, p.123.

    The long-forked clubs were originally made by Tapara the Moon Man from the Purukuparli narrative. These can also be found on the top of Pukumani (burial poles).
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