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.
Aboriginal Woomera - Spear Thrower with leaf-shaped flat springboard. Front entirely covered with linear grooved carving, using zigzag and parallel motif. Stone tooled finish. Rich brown patina. Height 55 cm. Width 17 cm
Three Groote Eylandt ceremonial items. Spear, clapstick and knife. Crudely carved hardwood with hatched decoration in ochre. Probable souvenir items, collected 1950s. Crack through knife 'Blade.'. Length 64 cm (spear)
Aboriginal Flaked Flint spear Tip and stone adze, traces of gum resin and fibre to base. Together with an early stone adze. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Adze length 11.3 cm, width 5.5 cm, spear length 17 cm width 4 cm.
Two Aboriginal spears, long form hunting spears. Example one offering finely crafted single barbed head (possibly swan river style). Second example utilises single side multiple barb technique (northern Australian style). Provenance: Zanesville Museum of A
Two Aboriginal spears, long form hunting spears. Example one offering finely crafted double sided barbed head with signs of natural pigment decorations remaining (tiwi style). Example two utilises innovative steel blade with netted white line decorations.
Aboriginal woomera - spear thrower, wood, reddish brown patina, leaf-shaped flat springboard, the front entirely covered with linear grooved carving using parallel and diagonal motif. Chip carved suggesting stone tooled. Handle with knob, leading tip wrapp
Large Aboriginal woomera - spear thrower, Western Australia, wood, reddish brown patina, leaf-shaped flat springboard, the front entirely covered with linear grooved carving using zigzag motif. Handle with knob, leading tip wrapped in Museum cotton protect
Aboriginal woomera - spear thrower, heavy weighted wood, reddish brown patina, flat paddle-shaped body decorated with zigzag motif. Red ochre apparent. Narrow handle highlights stone tooled surface. No point attached. Old label attached. Provenance: Zanesv
Aboriginal woomera - spear thrower, with decoration of kangaroo, kookaburra and emu totems. Chocolate brown patina. Point missing. Provenance: Julius Carlebach gallery, New York, 1958. Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 51 cm. Width 9.2 cm.
Aboriginal woomera - spear thrower, reddish brown patina, leaf-shaped flat springboard, the front entirely covered with linear grooved carving using zigzag and parallel motif. Stone tooled. Leading tip wrapped in Museum cotton protecting affixed tooth. Pro
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