Six Engraved Pearl Shells, Western Australia, Riji, Jakoli
Lot 9
Six Engraved Pearl Shells, Riji, Jakoli, Western Australia
Sold for AU$ 7,320 (US$ 6,842) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Six Engraved Pearl Shells, Riji, Jakoli, Western Australia
carved pearl shell and natural earth pigments, one with human hair string


    Private collection

    Cf. For related examples collected by Kim Akerman from Lake Gregory, Gordon Downs and Sturt Creek see Kim Akerman, 'From Boab Nuts to Ilma: Kimberley Art and Material Culture' in Judith Ryan and Kim Akerman (eds.), Images of Power: Aboriginal Art of the Kimberley, Melbourne: National Gallery of Victoria, 1993, pp.114-115.

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


Saleroom notices

  • The provenance of these pearl shells should read: Acquired by the original vendor over a thirty year period, primarily through direct contact with Western Desert Indigenous Australians Sotheby's, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 28 June 1999, part of lot 216 Private collection
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