Origin: N.W. Australia, Bathurst or Melville island (Provenance: Private U.S. collection. Originally from an old UK collection)
Period/Date: Early 20th century possibly older
Materials: Hardwood, ocher, charcoal and trade paint
Description: A fine quality group of fluted throwing clubs (Irrawella), each presented on a custom display stand. Sold as a group only. From left to right: Left example with soft curvature having applied bands of oil trade paint in white, dark red, charcoal and burnt mustard color. Evidence of earlier layers of applied paint. Textured and fluted surface with some hairline age cracks. Center club, very refined, with oval spiral fluted head with delicate relief-carved nipple finial. Featuring a pair of raised ring-like bands 14 cm down from the top. Gorgeous color, fine condition. Right club with elegant curved head having three fluted segments. Likely carved with non-metal tools (bone, quartz, shell). Deep and bold textured fluting overall. Its head featuring two side panels with diagonal fluted groves.
Dimensions: Height 16.25-17.25" (41.5-44 cm), Width 1.75-2 3/8" (4.4-6 cm)