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September 10, 2011 - Filed under: Antiques News — Richard

Museum officials in Australia have become enraged as a British woman puts a rare Aboriginal totem up for auction. The Aboriginal Tjuringa stone is considered sacred to native culture, which is why museums in Australia show considerable respect by not exhibiting or even photographing the artefacts. According to the museum authorities in Australia, the antique piece should only be viewed by male elders of the Aborigines who have been initiated, and not by anyone else. The fact that the totem appears to have been given to a British woman as a birthday gift while in Sydney for a short time, has outraged the authorities.

According to the national director of Museums Australia, Bernice Murphy :

“They are the most sacred objects in Aboriginal culture. You would only be able to handle them, or even know where they are kept, if you were a very senior elder.”

Murphy was left aghast as the British woman made a statement which outlined the story of how the stone came into her possession. The mystery woman was given the stone as a gift, calling it her “dreaming stone” , but as she can’t divide it between her sons, she intends to sell it at auction. However, the auctioneers have been contacted by the Australian national museum to request that the sale be withdrawn.

If you are looking for a gift which isn’t likely to cause offence, you may prefer to purchase antique furniture, like Victorian dining chairs . Lancashire has a number of antiques dealers who are extremely knowledgeable in all manner of antique artefacts.

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