Samantha Andy - Painted Coolamon

Samantha Andy - Painted Coolamon

2008, ADG:4236

ADG: 4236


Painted Coolamon, 2008

A coolamon is an Australian Aboriginal, multi-purpose carrying bowl made of hand-carved wood. Traditionally, coolamons were used by women to carry water and bush foods as well as a cradle to rock babies. Coolamons were carried on the head supported by a human hair ring pad.

Modern coolamons are painted or decorated with individual Aboriginal dreaming totem designs, owned by each artist. Each coolamon is a unique artefact, hand carved and hand painted.



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