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Original Vintage Australian Arnhem Land Aboriginal Bark Painting Fish Nr Yqz For Sale
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From Out Of Reading Public Museum Collection
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From out of the Reading Public Museum deaccession sale we ended up with a large collection of bark paintings, including some very rare unusual ones. We are going to put them up over the next week or so. Check back to see them all.
Up in this sale is a great piece, an Aboriginal bark painting of a fish. We believe it is from Arnhem Land circa 1950's or so. It measures approx 18" x 12 1/2".
We found this on Wikipedia:
Bark painting is an Australian Aboriginal art form, involving painting on the interior of a strip of tree bark. This is a continuing form of artistic expression in Arnhem Land and other regions in the Top End of Australia including parts of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. Traditionally, bark paintings were produced for instructional and ceremonial purposes and were transient objects. Today, they are keenly sought after by collectors and public arts institutions.
The designs seen on authentic bark paintings are traditional designs that are owned by the artist, or his "skin", or his clan, and cannot be painted by other artists. In many cases these designs would traditionally be used to paint the body for ceremonies or rituals, and also to decorate logs used in burials ceremonies. While the designs themselves are ancient, the medium of painting them on a piece of flattened bark is a relatively modern phenomenon, although there is some evidence that artists would paint designs on the bark walls and roofs of their shelters.
The modern form of bark paintings first appeared in the 1930s, when missionaries at Yirrkala and Milingimbi asked the local Yolngu people to produce bark paintings that could be sold in the cities of New South Wales and Victoria. The motives of the missionaries were to earn money that that would help pay for the mission, and also to educate white Australians about Yolngu culture (Morphy 1991). As the trade grew, and the demand for paintings increased, leading artists such as Narritjin Maymuru started being asked to mount exhibitions.
It was, however, not until the 1980s that bark paintings started being regarded as fine art, as opposed to an interesting Indigenous handicraft, and commanded high prices accordingly on the international art markets. Nowadays, the value of a fine bark painting depends not only on the skill and fame of the artist, and on the quality of the art itself, but also on the degree to which the artwork encapsulates the culture by telling a traditional story.
Estimated shipping weight, (packaged) is 2 lbs 8 oz in a 24 x 18 x 5 box.
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Original Vintage Australian Arnhem Land Aboriginal Bark Painting Fish Nr Yqz: $1,525