Superb First Australian Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
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A Superb First Australian Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures from Western Australia
This amazing artwork is one of the most interesting and beautiful Boomerangs that I have ever owned in 40 years. It may be only 50 -60 years old but the artist who carved it had an extraordinary vision in the way the dancing figures were carved across the front of the boomerang.
The carving depicts a ceremonial occasion where people dance with boomerangs is taking place. The figures have so much movement that they look as if they could dance straight off the boomerang. The objects in the dancer’s hands appear to boomerang but are of different sizes and shapes. The figure on the far left the figure looks like it has wings ready to fly away or are they just exaggerated-sized boomerangs?
This clearly shows the importance of boomerangs as ceremonial objects. The small incised infilled designs between the dancing figures add much to the movement of the figures.
I am wondering if there are further artworks by this artist in private or public collections and if anyone knows anything about this artist or any other similar artworks I would be very pleased to hear from you
Provenance: Old Collection Australia & The Todd Barlin Collection of Aboriginal & Oceanic Art
I first went to Papua New Guinea in 1985 for an adventure & what I found was that I really enjoyed being with the people of New Guinea, over the next 38 years I spent extensive time spent collecting and documenting traditional art & ceremonies in remote areas of Papua New Guinea & West Papua, The Solomon Islands & Vanuatu & the other Pacific Islands countries. During these travels, I made major collections of New Guinea & Oceanic Art for major Museums and Public Art Galleries
I was honoured by being in the prestigious Louvre Museum Magazine for the collections I made for The Museum of African & Oceanic Art Paris in1996 (now the Musee Quai Branly) for the exhibition “Asmat et Mimika d’ Irian Jaya April 1996 At THE MUSEE NATIONAL des ARTS D’AFRIQUE et d’ OCEANIE, Paris
See all of the links & photos in my new EXHIBITIONS GALLERY and there is the link to the article in the prestigious Louvre Magazine 1996
I have artwork for Museums & Art Galleries but also for collectors at every stage of their collecting. I want to encourage people to explore the fine art of New Guinea & West Papua and the Pacific Islands and to be able to see and touch the artworks in a relaxed and friendly manner in my Sydney Gallery. I would like to invite you to visit my gallery and see the artworks in person and also look at my website www.oceanicartsaustralia.com where there are many Galleries & Sub Galleries to explore.
My Gallery of nearly 40 years is the last physical gallery in Sydney that specialises in New Guinea & Oceanic Art. Sydney is just a couple hours’ flight to New Guinea & the Pacific Islands where all of these amazing artworks came from, Australia’s closest neighbours.