Riji and Jakoli Kimberley Pearlshell in Aboriginal Australia
25cm x 17.5cm. xii, 73 pages, colour illustrations, maps. Pictorial wrappers.
Northern Territory Museum of Arts and Sciences Monograph Series Number 4. “Detailed study of the uses of pearl shell in Aboriginal culture; sources of shell, material types, manufacturing and engraving tools and techniques; function – personal adornment, magic and sorcery, ritual; use in exchange – distribution modes and exchange routes; description and meaning of motifs – geometric (meander, zigzag, interlocking key) and figurative (traditional and nontraditional); historical developments in the 20th century; utensils – shell; portable art; arts – change; arts – crafts; arts – techniques; ornaments; ritual objects – other; trade and gift exchange.” (publisher’s blurb)
Very minor foxing to top edge. Minor paperclip mark to front panel of wrappers. Near Fine Condition.
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