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 This object is not available anymore.

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".