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Kaolinite carving made by Erlikilyika (Jim Kite) - snake


Kaolinite carving made by Erlikilyika (Jim Kite) - snake

Object information


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.

Physical description

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.'

Object information


  • Associated date

  • 1934
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  • Date the Commonwealth of Australia purchased the Herbert Basedow collection for the Australian Institute of Anatomy, from Basedow's widow.

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