Cylindrical Aboriginal CHURINGA Message Stick w/ Fine Geometric Incising
Cylindrical Aboriginal CHURINGA Message Stick w/ Fine Incising
Origin: Lagrange Bay Western Australia (Provenance: Acquired from a collector in Melbourne AU)
Period/Date: Early 20th century
Materials: Hardwood, red ocher pigment
Description: This cigar shaped sacred churinga is presented on a custom wood/ metal display stand. It appears to be carved with non-metal tools like a rat tooth or quarts. It feathers a bold diamond pattern motif comprising four large ones all touching and two smaller ones in the center field. The incising is fine, narrow and intense, having concentric radiating diamonds originating from a small center. The overall effect is eye-dazzling. It has acquired a varied patina turning to a reddish brown and is in good condition.
Dimensions: Length 12.25” (31 cm), width 1.75” (4.5 cm)