Learn about Aboriginal Artefacts

Aboriginal art and artefact collecting goes back to early first contact times. In fact local Aboriginals around Sydney use to trade artefacts with visiting ships from the earliest days. Curio collecting has always been part of early exploration of the new world. Ceremonial adornment items that were made of perishable material were not preserved for future use and so early examples are very collectable. Early shields, clubs and boomerangs that were cherished as favourites and had developed a deep colour and patina are preferred. Historical items that were collected by early notable pioneers, explorers or anthropologists are of high interest to collectors. Some areas are collected because the artistic expression makes them more appealing when displayed. Production of artefacts has never ceased and are still made today for sale. Bark painting production started in mass in the 1950's and were sold via missionary shops. The earlier barks are more sought after. Now with many of the early artists and their roll in the maintenance of culture recognized, these barks are seen as important expressions of a past lifestyle.
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

A bean wood shield, Central Australia, together with a finely carved and ochred coolamon bowl; the shield with faint painted designs (emu and foliage) Provenance: This shield was given as a thank you to Dr Bertram Welton in the 1940s when he worked with Ab

A large old Australian Aboriginal Coolamon bowl, Central Australia; finely incised on both sides with linear striations, the outside painted with traditional central Desert clan designs. 69 x 26 cm

An Aboriginal Coolamon, Central Australia, wood with fluted carving to exterior, 48 x 19 cm

Robert Wuldi, 'Aboriginal hardwood Carving of Baby in Coolamon' 30 x 12 cm

A coolamon (piti), Northern Australia (circa 1930), carved wood and earth pigments, 78.5 cm long. Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney

A fine coolamon (piti), Central Australia (circa 1900), carved hardwood and natural earth pigments, 43.3 x 19.3 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, Melbourne

Aboriginal carved Coolamon. Finely worked hatching to anterior. Possibly WA or NT, c1960's. Length 54 cm

Coolamon: Large Coolamon used for carrying food when on walkabout, 64 x 21 cm. Western Australian origin

Aboriginal Coolamon 'Food Carrier' mid 20th century, Central Australia, Aranda Tribe carved fluted lines, with painted red ochre length 70.5 cm. Width 24 cm

Two Aboriginal carved wood items, including Stone tool worked woomera with tree resin handle (old repair); and rustic carved coolamon. Length 70 cm (woomera)

Three Aboriginal hardwood coolamons variously incised and painted, 81 cm, 63 cm and 61 cm long

An Aboriginal hardwood coolamon, of deep long oval from, incised all over with narrow parallel grooves, painted in red ochre. Length 61 cm

Two early Aboriginal hardwood coolamons, both broadly incised with parallel grooves all over, the larger with native spinifex gum repair. Lengths 71 cm and 40 cm

An Aboriginal shield and woomera together with two coolamons

Coolamon Central Australian with original Burn Decorations length 52 cm

Central Australian coolamon with original burn decorations

Coolamon/food bowl, original early gum bowl

Woomera, coolamon shaped with gum fixed peg, exterior decorated with pecked tracks

Four Australian Aboriginal boomerangs a shield and coolamon

Coolamon (food carrier), ovoid shape with pokerwork bands and lozenges plus a carved pokerwork snake figure. 46 x 36 cm

Coolamon (food carrier). Central Australian, of elongated oval form. Inner surface with adzed striations, the outer surface also with adzed markings and remains of ochre decoration. Spinifex gum repair to exterior

Coolamon (food carrier), Central Australian origin, exterior incised with spiral decoration and original ochre. 45 cm

Six Australian Aboriginal objects including club, Coolamon, shield, boomerang, hook boomerang and spear

La Perouse carved Coolamon, possibly carved by Joe Timbry (prominent La Perouse artist)

Two Central Australian bowls (coolamon), artist unknown, of wood, polychrome acrylic, 47-67 cm (2)

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