Old Pitjantjatjara Coolamon Bowl from South Australia

Item A86 

This Item was Sold on 27 June 2015 for $80

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This old Aboriginal Coolamon Container was made by the Pitjantjatjara Aborigines in South Australia. I have owned this bowl for more than 25 years and it was old when I acquired it from William Fagan and Company. Coolamons are multipurpose containers that are used for food preparation, grinding ochre minerals and for the preparation of vegetables and herbs. The bowl is made out of a hardwood with a smooth grain structure. It has a deep concave or saddleback shape. The outer surface is decorated with pyrographic art and the inner surface is scraped smooth. Overall, it resembles a tortoise shell. This style of Coolamon container was made between the 1930s and 1960s. This is one of the older ones. It is one of the smallest I have seen. This coolamon is in excellent condition. There are a few short closed line cracks (splits) at the ends from natural moisture loss and a tiny chip that is difficult to see but you can feel with your finger nail at the edge on one of these splits. You have to look hard to see any of this. Please view the photos below. The small white dot on the inside of the bowl is a small paper tag with a catalog ID. View a similar coolamon that recently sold on eBay for $108. This coolamon is older and better quality and the artwork is more traditional.

Length = 24 cm ; Width = 9 cm ; Height = 4 cm Weight = 104 gm

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