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Reproduced courtesy of Bruce Wiggan

Carved Pearl Shell Gwarn and Ridji

Date: 2015
175 x 130 x 28 mm
342 grams
Medium: Pearl Shell and natural pigment
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © Bruce Wiggan
Classification:Ceremonial artefact
Object Name: Shell
Object No: 00054864
Related Place:Western Australia,

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    Carved Pearl Shell Gwarn and Ridji
    SignificanceA gwarn is a traditional sacred object of the Bardi people of One Arm Point community north of Broome in Western Australia. While the object itself is called a Gwarn, the carved pattern on the Gwarn is a Riji. Each Ridji tells a different story. After the shell is carved, the artist rubs traditional ochre mixed with a fixative into the carvings to create the contrast and pattern.
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