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A label to the reverse stating:
‘Federation of British Artists Gallery, 6 Suffolk Street, Pall Mall East, London SW1
White Churinga Construction, Roman Black MA, RBA, Studio 13 Radnor Walk SW3’
Acrylic and oil on paper laid on board
Original gilt edged frame
Size: 69cm high, 18cm wide – 27 ins high, 7 ins wide
72cm high, 20.5cm wide – 28¼ ins high, 8 ins wide (framed)
In 1964 Roman Black published a fascinating and informative book on Australian aboriginal art in which he described and illustrated aboriginal art of all ages, old and new. The chapter on ‘sacred and ceremonial objects’ has a particularly interesting section on churingas and the symbolic meaning behind their totemic decoration and design. This painting was probably inspired by his research into these sacred objects.