Riji jakoli PENDANT - Kimberley, Western Australia - 19th century

19th century
Tribal Art
From: 93400, Saint-Ouen, France

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    Riji jakoli pendant
    Kimberley, Western Australia
    19th century
    Mother of pearl, hair and pigments
    H. 13.5 ; L. 9.5 cm
    Length of the link : 18 cm approximately

    Sometimes called lonka lonka, these pendants are made of pearl oyster mother-of-pearl cut into ovals, then polished and engraved with linear geometric patterns, which are pigmented with red ochre.
    A cord made of braided hair forms the tie - some examples have a suspension made of dogfish hair.
    The geometric incisions may refer to water: they would then be the paths of the rivers or the roads of the wurnam exchange network.
    They may also symbolize the figure of renewal and fertility: the Rainbow Serpent.
    These ornaments had several functions, such as talisman, bringing rain, currency, magic amulet or ceremonial object.
    They could be worn around the neck, on the belt or as a cover-up.
    Today they are considered lucky charms and can be given to a loved one.

    "Thus, among the Aruntas, Messrs. Spencer and Gillen noted the use of lonka-lonka, large shells coming from the Gulf of Carpentaria, and where thunder is supposed to descend (see among others the formula is badly translated, it surely speaks of thunder in water). The word lonka-lonka is moreover a word of the European sabir, and means far, far away."
    French Institute of Anthropology, Comptes rendus des séances, tome II, N°1 séances des 14 janvier, 11 février, 18 mars, 8 avril et 20 mai 1914, Paris, Masson
    et Cie Éditeurs, 1909.

    Text and photos © FCP CORIDON

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