Lot: 4487th Tribal Art Auction
Messenger stick, before 1931
Australia, Northern Territory
|Provenance||Size||Starting price / estimated price|
|Old British Collection||L: 14 inch||
plus 21 % commission, VAT, transport and insurance
wood, light brown patina, delicate round staff carved with signs and symbols (by incised lines lengthwise subdivided in two halves, each with triangular patterns that are tooth-like meshed), traces of old age. According to enclosed file card: "Rain stick ("him singer rain") bought from Frankie, a fullblooded aboriginal, at Birdum, Northern Territory, Australia, Jan 1931".