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Riji (carved pearlshell)

Date: c 1970
Dimensions:
Overall: 160 x 120 mm, 159.85 g
Medium: Pearlshell (pintada maximada), Ochre (natural pigment)
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Name: Shell pendant
Object No: 00045197
Related Place:Western Australia,

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    Description
    Known as riji or Gwarn in the Kimberleys region of Western Australia.
    The Ceremonial Pearlshell Phallocrypt engraved with geometric and culturally significant designs which has been in-filled with red ochre (natural pigment).
    in by Aboriginal men from Western Australia, Dampier Peninsula.

    Known as Riji or Gwarn, the pearlshell is deeply incised and painted with natural pigment or ochre. Geometric designs on verso, hold deeply signficant meanings and purpose. Two holes are grooved into the shell for threading rope made my human hair for the purpose of being worn around the waist, as shell to covers the groin area.
    SignificanceOrigin most likely to be from the Bardi Jawi peoples region of the Dampier Peninsula, Western Australia.

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