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Erlikilyika was a Lower Southern Arrernte man born in c1865 in the area where the Charlotte Waters Telegraph Station was built in central Australia in1872. During his life he became a well-known innovative carver who used both wood, and soft stone (kaolinite), sourced from near Charlotte Waters.
A carved kaolinite block featuring a low relief and pigmented image of a snake. Text on the reverse reads 'A-AF 92' and 'JIM Kite / .... / Aranda Tr. / C. Aust.'
W 105mm x H 120mm x D 25mm
Date the Commonwealth of Australia purchased the Herbert Basedow collection for the Australian Institute of Anatomy, from Basedow's widow.