Oblong wooden Churinga. Sligtly convex on one of its sides, it is engraved on both sides with traditional motifs. The concentric circles symbolize a water source or a meeting point; the semi-circles, the members of a clan; the lines, footpaths or lances. It is also marked with animal tracks.
This object is at the same time an aid to remember events important to individuals or the clan, a depiction of the symbolic route to Dreamtime, which is the provenance of Aboriginal cosmonogy, and a map of an actual topography.
|Creation date||sd [circa 19e]|
|Physical description||Long : 33 cm (13 in.) - Bois dur et pigments ocre rouge|
|Place of origin|
|Breton Auction, 2003||Lot 6100|
|Keywords||Magic, Ceremonial Art, Oceania|
|Categories||Australie, Oceanian, Ppolynesian, Melanesian Art|