Australian Aboriginal Central Desert PAINTED CEREMONIAL COOLAMON, BEAUTIFUL FORM!
PAINTED CEREMONIAL COOLAMON, BEAUTIFUL ELEGANT FORM!
Origin: Australia, Central Desert (Provenance: Ex. Dr. Alan G. Solem Collection. He was once a curator at the Field Museum in Chicago. He did all his field collecting and study work in the late 1970s and early 80’s)
Period/Date: Likely 1970's
Materials: Bean wood. Ocher pigments
Description: This lovely carrying vessel has an elegant curved shape. Judging by how its raised sides curve inward, it was likely used to cradle an infant during a ceremony. The side curvatures remind me of a race car seat that hug the body and limit movement. It features panels and bands of yellow pigment with white dotting. Its interior base has traces of dark charcoal. In good condition with no cracks or restoration. Some areas of rubbing, fading and light soiling. An inventory number in black paint on an inside edge reads (BCM747.T)
Dimensions: Height 24.75” (63 cm), width 8 1/8” (20.5 cm)