Posted 6 years ago
Punu is the term used these days to describe wooden tourist wares that are sold by indigenous Australians. This one was a market purchase a few years back. It is probably made from Mulga as the reverse flat surface has been nicely ground.
I think this one will return. The shape is right.
But I have never been inclined to throw it away.
I was particularly impressed with the Rarrk decoration on the painted black surface. It’s a fairly good example of modern ‘X-Ray Art’ or 'Rarrk'.
The fine-line cross-hatching on this boomerang gives a powerful presentation of a local water reptile. The artist uses the hair-like bristles found inside the stem of a reed to painstakingly paint the rarrk's fine detail. The rarrk is a unique feature of Kunwinjku Aboriginal art. It was originally traditional ceremonial painting, and today the Kunwinjku artists use rarrk to signify these traditions.
X-ray art has been painted by Aboriginal people for countless generations. The origins of this ancient Australian art are in the Aboriginal rock art which was painted by the very first people in this country thousands of years ago.
“Aboriginal x-ray art is a traditional style used by the people of Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia to depict local animals and stories. Many of the animals are painted showing some anatomical features, that is, painted in x-ray.?X-ray art shows the artist's relationship with, and knowledge of, his country and its inhabitants. The delicate presentation of bone structures and internal organs gives the picture a three-dimensional effect.” (ibidem)
I've put it with my Reconciliation badge worn by participants in the Corroboree 2000 'Sorry' Sydney Harbour Bridge Walk, 28th May, 2000.