Two wooden bull roarers, Western Australia, c 1870-1925.
2 4 c m
40cm
actual image size: 32cm x 16cm

Two wooden bull roarers, Western Australia, c 1870-1925.

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Description

One of these Aboriginal artifacts is perforated at both ends, the other at one end. They are decorated with a carved, rectilinear design. Both are from north west Wyndham, Western Australia. When attached to a cord and swung through the air, bull roarers emit a deep, vibrant, roaring sound. They are important in rituals in Australian Aboriginal society as well as in some South American cultures.
 

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10285151
 

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