IMPORTANT ABORIGINAL CENTRAL DESERT MAN'S RITUAL FIGURE

 

Origin: Australia, Central Desert, Kadaicha Shaman   Provenance: Ex. Collection of Casey and Laurie Conway- Kingman Arizona,  Ex. Douglas Schnible- Vermont,  Ex. Rob Crolls- Melbourne

Period/Date: Early 20th century

Materials: Hardwood, natural, pigments

Description:  The original owner of this figure helped to identify it as a Kadaicha man's doll used in ritual occasions.  This highly unusual figure has a distinctive "haunting" and powerful presence!  It is a mysterious piece which little is known about.  However, it may have been used as an effigy in a mourning ceremony or represent a character from a creation myth?  The figure (probably male) is depicted wearing a loin cloth or apron tied around the waist.  There are holes at the shoulders suggesting that it originally had applied arms.  There are several deliberate diagonal chop marks around the abdomen and left shoulder.  Suggesting it may have been used for magic, it appears areas around the back of the head were "harvested" for wood.   In good condition showing significant age and use.  Presented on a custom metal display stand.  A very unique sure to be a welcome addition to any collection of Aboriginal Art.

Dimensions:   Height 12.5"  (32 cm), Width 2.5"  (6.5 cm)

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