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Carved boab nut depicting a spider sitting in a web by Gordon Hall 2001

2001.0032.0001

Carved boab nut depicting a spider sitting in a web by Gordon Hall 2001

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Physical description

Carved boab nut depicting a spider sitting in a web on one side and a large spider without a web on the other. The boab nut is a chocolate brown colour and still has its stem.

Statement of significance

The collection consists of two boab nuts, one carved and one bearing a design in acrylic paint. They were offered for acquisition by Waringarri Arts Aboriginal Corporation of Western Australia during the inaugural Tracking Kultja: the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Cultural Festival, 2001.

Traditionally boab nuts are decorated by carving, originally with geometric designs and in recent years with figurative and landscape images. Decorating boab nuts in acrylic paint is a recent development in this craft. Boab nuts provide both a ready income in the craft trade and valuable source of food.

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