Aboriginal Artefacts

Selected Aboriginal & Melanesian objects and artifacts including boomerangs, weapons, carvings, bark paintings, sculptures, didgeridoos, masks and fish nets.

 

Bark Basket by Artefact

Artefact   |  Bark Basket

Jap 017801  |  bark & ochre  |  41 x 21 cm

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Bark Painting by Bininyuwuul

Bininyuwuul  |  Bark Painting

Jap 011034  |  ochre on bark  |  49 x 22 cm

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Shield by Artefact

Artefact   |  Shield

Jap 017827  |  carved wood   |  74 x 13 cm

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Boomerang by Artefact

Artefact   |  Boomerang

Jap 017833  |  carved wood   |  67 x 10 cm

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Engraved Boomerang by Artefact

Artefact   |  Engraved Boomerang

Jap 017834  |  carved wood   |  67 x 6 cm

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Ceremonial Woomera by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial Woomera

Jap 017842  |  carved wood & ochre  |  59 x 8 cm

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Digeridoo by Artefact

Artefact   |  Digeridoo

Jap 019529  |  carved wood   |  71 x 5 cm

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Engraved Boomerang by Artefact

Artefact   |  Engraved Boomerang

Jap 017841  |  wood, stone carved   |  55 x 6 cm

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Boomerang by Artefact

Artefact   |  Boomerang

Jap 017792  |  carved wood   |  66 x 6 cm

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Shield by Artefact

Artefact   |  Shield

Jap 019527  |  carved wood   |  76 x 11 cm

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Ceremonial artefact by Artefact

Artefact  |  Ceremonial artefact

Jap 011030  |  carved wood  |  54 cm

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Cradle by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Cradle

Jap 007083

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No Room for Jesus by Mawalan Marika

Mawalan Marika  |  No Room for Jesus

Jap 013786  |  ochre on bark  |  62.5 x 42.5 cm

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Boomerang by Artefact

Artefact   |  Boomerang

Jap 017808  |  carved wood & ochre  |  75 x 5 cm

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Carved Figure by Arnhemland carving

Arnhemland carving  |  Carved Figure

Jap 013901  |  ochre on wood  |  height 46 cm

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Digeridoo by Artefact

Artefact   |  Digeridoo

Jap 017828  |  carved wood   |  72 x 7 cm

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Ceremonial artefact by Artefact

Artefact  |  Ceremonial artefact

Jap 011040  |  carved wood  |  28 cm

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Ceremonial long knife & dagger by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial long knife & dagger

Jap 017794  |  bone, leather, steel  |  70 x 6 cm

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Boomerang by Artefact

Artefact   |  Boomerang

Jap 017843  |  carved wood   |  55 x 9 cm

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Stone Axe by Artefact

Artefact   |  Stone Axe

Jap 017810  |  flint, wood & fibre  |  50 x 35 cm

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Didgeridoo by Artefact

Artefact   |  Didgeridoo

Jap 017852  |  carved wood & ochre  |  128 x 6 cm

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Bird Carving by Bede Tungatalum

Bede Tungatalum  |  Bird Carving

Jap 019067  |  Ochre on Wood   |  91 x 8 cm

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Wooden Club by Artefact

Artefact   |  Wooden Club

Jap 017847  |  carved wood & ochre  |  70 x 6 cm

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Shield by Artefact

Artefact  |  Shield

Jap 011420  |  carved wood  |  69 cm length

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Bird Figure – Emu by Artefact

Artefact   |  Bird Figure – Emu

Jap 017853  |  carved wood   |  37 x 16 cm

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Ceremonial artefact by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial artefact

Jap 017789  |  carved wood & ochre  |  47 x 5 cm

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Purukupali by Cyril James Kerinauia

Cyril James Kerinauia  |  Purukupali

Jap 010564  |  cast bronze  |  height 35 cm

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Jinani by Cyril James Kerinauia

Cyril James Kerinauia  |  Jinani

Jap 010565  |  cast bronze  |  height 59 cm

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Bima Figure by Tess Tipungwuti

Tess Tipungwuti  |  Bima Figure

Jap 012918  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 104 cm

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Wooden Club by Artefact

Artefact   |  Wooden Club

Jap 017831  |  carved wood   |  58x 5 cm

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Ceremonial spear by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial spear

Jap 017803  |  carved wood & ochre  |  98 x 3 cm

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Boomerang by Artefact

Artefact  |  Boomerang

Jap 011100  |  wood, stone carved  |  Length 60 cm

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Ceremonial Mask by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial Mask

Jap 017785  |  carved wood & ochre  |  28 x 8 cm

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Snake by Artist unknown - Groote Island

Artist unknown - Groote Island  |  Snake

Jap 006125  |  ochre on bark

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Snake by Artefact

Artefact   |  Snake

Jap 017796  |  carved wood & ochre  |  65 x 5 cm

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Flat Club – woomera shape by Artefact

Artefact  |  Flat Club – woomera shape

Jap 011022  |  carved wood  |  86 cm

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Bird Carving by Mick Munkara

Mick Munkara  |  Bird Carving

Jap 016291  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 56 cm

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Ceremonial Paddle by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial Paddle

Jap 017806  |  carved wood & ochre  |  114 x 14 cm

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Snake by Artefact

Artefact   |  Snake

Jap 017854  |  carved wood  |  40 x 2 cm

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Spear thrower by Artefact

Artefact   |  Spear thrower

Jap 017805  |  carved wood & ochre  |  88 x 5.5 cm

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Boomerang by Artefact

Artefact  |  Boomerang

Jap 011025  |  carved wood  |  74 cm

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Pukamani Pole by Tess Tipungwuti

Tess Tipungwuti  |  Pukamani Pole

Jap 010554  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 70 cm

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Snake by Artefact

Artefact   |  Snake

Jap 017839  |  carved wood & ochre  |  93 x 3 cm

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Bird Carving by Mick Munkara

Mick Munkara  |  Bird Carving

Jap 016290  |  carved wood & ochre  |  height 56 cm

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Ceremonial artefact by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial artefact

Jap 017804  |  carved wood & ochre  |  83 x 5 cm

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Animal Figure – Lizard by Artefact

Artefact   |  Animal Figure – Lizard

Jap 017840  |  carved wood & ochre  |  49 x 6 cm

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Wandjina Bark Painting by Lily Karadada

Lily Karadada  |  Wandjina Bark Painting

Jap 007087  |  ochre on bark  |  88 x 33 cm

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Pair of Dancing Sticks by Artefact

Artefact  |  Pair of Dancing Sticks

Jap 011083  |  carved wood  |  Length 70 cm

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Ceremonial artefact by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial artefact

Jap 017795  |  carved wood   |  87 x 12 cm

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Wooden Club by Artefact

Artefact   |  Wooden Club

Jap 017835  |  carved wood   |  75 x 3 cm

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Mask – Papua New Guinea by Artefact

Artefact  |  Mask – Papua New Guinea

Jap 011080  |  wood and ochre  |  29 x 28 cm

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Carved Fish by Artefact

Artefact   |  Carved Fish

Jap 017832  |  carved wood & ochre  |  46 x 18 cm

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Turtle by Richard Portaminni James

Richard Portaminni James  |  Turtle

Jap 016279  |  carved wood & ochre  |  46 X 24 cm

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Fish Carving by Artefact

Artefact   |  Fish Carving

Jap 017790  |  carved wood & ochre  |  55 x 5 cm

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Fighting club by Artefact

Artefact  |  Fighting club

Jap 011082  |  carved wood  |  Length 75 cm

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Dugong by Artefact

Artefact   |  Dugong

Jap 017778  |  carved wood & ochre  |  43 x 8 cm

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Ceremonial ornament – necklace by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial ornament – necklace

Jap 017800  |  fibre  |  93 x 8 cm

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Traditional Coolamon by Artefact

Artefact   |  Traditional Coolamon

Jap 017837  |  carved wood & ochre  |  68 x 22 cm

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Ceremonial Mask by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial Mask

Jap 017783  |  carved wood   |  49 x 13 cm

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Ceremonial Mask by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial Mask

Jap 017784  |  carved wood & shell  |  26 x 12 cm

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Fish Carving by Artefact

Artefact   |  Fish Carving

Jap 017787  |  carved wood   |  17 x 11 cm

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Fish Carving by Artefact

Artefact   |  Fish Carving

Jap 017788  |  carved wood   |  21 x 11 cm

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Woomera by Artefact

Artefact  |  Woomera

Jap 011084  |  carved wood  |  Length 83 cm

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Stingray Carving by Artefact

Artefact   |  Stingray Carving

Jap 017781  |  carved wood & ochre  |  38 X 13 cm

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Animal Figure (Possum) by Artefact

Artefact   |  Animal Figure (Possum)

Jap 017793  |  carved wood & ochre  |  31 x 8 cm

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Ceremonial spearhead by Artefact

Artefact   |  Ceremonial spearhead

Jap 017807  |  carved wood & ochre  |  55 x 5 cm

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Fibre bag – Pacific by Artefact

Artefact  |  Fibre bag – Pacific

Jap 011098  |  painted fibre  |  48 x 36 cm

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Artifacts and objects from around Australia include some of the everyday traditional tools and weapons – boomerangs, shields, spears and hunting sticks – used by Aboriginal people across the continent. The women have crafted digging sticks, coolamons and some woven ornaments. Fibre weavings, particularly from Arnhem Land, include baskets and bags, mats and spirit figures such as Yawkyawks.  Other ceremonial items include Pukamani poles, hollow log coffins and carved Mimi spirit figures, as well as traditional bark paintings. Carvings from the islands off the north coast of Australia include ancestor figures, masks and totemic animals. The Aboriginal material culture from traditional life remains strong in some regions while in other areas it has rapidly adjusted to modern lifestyles.

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