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
A spearthrower (womera), South East Australia (nineteenth century), carved hardwood, resin and kangaroo gut, 66.8 cm high. Provenance: The Tom McCourt Collection. By descent. Private Collection, Melbourne
A rare spearthrower (womera), coastal New South Wales (nineteenth century), carved wood, 68.7 cm. Provenance: Private Collection, United Kingdom. Private Collection, Melbourne. For related examples from the same region see;. Carol Cooper, et al., Aborigina
A rare spearthrower (womera), South Australia (early nineteenth century), carved wood, resin and native twine, 58 cm high. Provenance: The Major Hasson Collection, United States of America. Brunks Auctions, North Carolina, 20 July 2002. Private Collection,
Woomera, in classic leaf form with spinefex resin grip, containing a quartz inplement. Central Australia Ex-Frank slip collection. Frank slip was a long-time friend of Geoffrey Bardon and travelled with him through Central Australia visiting Aboriginal com
Woomera. Hardwood with finely incised curvilinear design to one face, wooden peg attached with kangaroo gut binding. Minor damage. Provenance: Paquim collection. Acquired by Joe Paquim, a former US submariner who returned to Western Australia after World W
Aboriginal Western Desert hardwood woomera, c.1930's, incised zigzag decoration to one side, traces of red ochre, nice patina, spinifex resin handle, (lacking tip hook). Length 60 cm. note: Owner recalls collected from Marble Bar 1950's
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