CYLCON (YURDA): A MAGICO-RELIGIOUS TALLY 2

MS 5087/37
MS Short Title CYLCON (YURDA): A MAGICO-RELIGIOUS TALLY 2
Text CYLCON (YURDA), A MAGICO-RELIGIOUS TALLY WITH MARKS POSSIBLY RECORDING THE NUMBER OF YOUNG MEN TO PASS THE INITIATION RITUALS TO MANHOOD OF THE "BORA", FURTHER POSSIBLY REPRESENTING THE POINTING OF THE "DEATH-POINTER-BONE", MAGIC CAPABLE OF CAUSING DEATH TO ANYONE DIVULGING THE TRIBE'S SECRET RITUALS
Description MS on chalk-like stone, New South Wales, Australia, ca. 20000-3000 BC, upper half of oval-conical and cornute form cylcon, 12x6x6 cm, 2 deep incisions around circumference, under which 10 deep marks, 4 deep marks forming a cross on apex, light longitudinal scratch-type markings
Provenance 1. Found in New South Wales, Australia; 2. H. Gallasch Museum, Australia (1973-); 3. Sam Fogg Rare Books Ltd.
Commentary

Cylcons are earlier than churingas. There is no certain ways to date individual cylcons. The oldest cylcon/message stone found in a dateable archaeological context is about 20,000 years old. The simple line motifs of the oldest cylcons represent the earliest art of the Aborigines, from a very early period of occupation. In Australian nomenclature this is the colonizing period, or early Stone Age, ca. 50,000/40,000-3,000 BC.

Cylcons are earlier than churingas. There is no certain ways to date individual cylcons. The oldest cylcon/message stone found in a dateable archaeological context is about 20,000 years old. The simple line motifs of the oldest cylcons represent the earliest art of the Aborigines, from a very early period of occupation. In Australian nomenclature this is the colonizing period, or early Stone Age, ca. 50,000/40,000-3,000 BC.

Place of origin Australia
Dates 20,000 - 3,000 BC

Location