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Large painted boab nut featuring a repeated pattern of honey ants by Bonita Williams 2000

2001.0032.0002

Large painted boab nut featuring a repeated pattern of honey ants by Bonita Williams 2000

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Physical description

Large painted boab nut, featuring a black background with numerous red, white and purple dots and a repeated pattern of black honey ants with large golden abdomen on a white background, and a tan and red shape. The boab nut retains its stem, which has a red elastic band wrapped around the top end.

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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