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.

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A Cape York woomera an exceptional early spear thrower of wood, resin and shell. Aurukun people, Queensland. Length 83 cm

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 group of 4 Queensland artifact, comprising 3 Woomeras and a western Queensland boomerang. Boomerang 74 cm

. Four Australian objects, including an Aboriginal waddy club, boomerang, West Australian woomera and an unframed barramundi painting. The waddy club, 71 cm long

An old woomera West Australia (peg missing at top) and an old Central Australian woomera 69 cm & 81 cm

Aboriginal tribal club and woomera, central deserts region, 20th century. Approximately 72 cm each. (2 items).

An Australian Aboriginal woomera with painted & pokerwork decoration

Six Aboriginal artefacts. Adze with incised decoration; spear thrower; club; carved board; & two pointing sticks. Length 60 cm (adze)

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

Two Aboriginal artefacts. Woomera and boomerang. Lengths 35 cm and 25 cm

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 woomera of broad form with incised pattern and wooden peg affixed with kangaroo gut binding. Central Australia. 82 cm

Australian Aboriginal hardwood woomera with pokerwork snake design

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

Spear Throwers (3), from WA/Central Australia, includes one with stone chip bonded in natural gum at end

Australian hardwood woomera with carvings of Australian wildlife

Aboriginal boomerangs & woomera. Mulga boomerangs with animals on incised background. Womera has pyrographed decoration, sinew bound peg & natural resin terminal. Length 54 cm (boomerang)

Five Aboriginal carved Artifacts, including woomera, hollow carrier, clapstick, snake & boomerang. Pyrograph decorated. Length 85 cm (woomera)

Four various Aboriginal artefacts, including decorated club; carved mulga snake; woomera; and small serpent decorated didgeridoo. Length 110 cm (didge)

Aboriginal spear thrower. Well worked thin acacia, with resin set quartz cutter in handle. Length 93 cm

Aboriginal woomera. Incised and pecked decoration. Old use patination S. E. Australia. Length 63 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)

1950s Aboriginal bullroarer and Woomera. Hatched and dash decorated in ochres, with handspun fibre string and resin bindings. Collected Groote Eylandt. Length 90 cm (woomera)

An Australian Aboriginal woomera incised decoration to the inside (ancient) Af. Length 74 cm

An Australian Aboriginal woomera, hook attached with Kangaroo sinew, features yakka gum handle. Length 88 cm

Four Aboriginal woomera, north Western Australian

Aboriginal Desert hardwood boomerang, and woomera, c1960's Kimberley Region, woomera incised zigzag decoration; length: 60 cm, boomerang, fluted lines decoration, painted ochre length 67 cm

Woomera, leaf-shaped flat springboard, the front entirely covered with linear grooved carving, using zig-zag and parallel motif. Stone tooled frinish. Rich brown patina. Length 65 cm. Width 9.5 cm

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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