Lot: 44

87th Tribal Art Auction

Messenger stick, before 1931

Australia, Northern Territory

Provenance Size Starting price / estimated price
Old British Collection L: 14 inch 1900 EUR
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".