12. Cylcon Stone

Australia, age unknown
Size: 38.5 cm long

More mysterious than this object would be difficult to find. The National Gallery of Victoria, The Australian Museum, The Queensland Art Gallery, have thirteen such stones, all from the Darling River region of New South Wales, that were published in Aboriginal Australia, 1981–1982. Some of them have decorative markings; this one does not. None of them was retrieved from archaeological deposits, and local 19th-century Aborigines always denied knowledge of their function or meaning, and none were recorded as being seen in use. The markings on those so decorated correspond to those found in rock art sites. Beyond this meagre information, nothing can be entertainingly invented.

Provenance: Lord McAlpine, 1987