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Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia


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Collection No. TB-4022
Size Length 60cm
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia
Superb Boomerang with Incised Dancing Ceremonial Figures West Australia

A Superb 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