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.

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)

Wooden bullroarer, with interconnecting, incised linear and circular patterns with pointillism, Unchichera ÈÇ' frog totem; pierced hole with attached human-hair rope. Length 31.2 cm. Width 6 cm

Wooden bullroarer, with tightly carved, stone-tooled geometrical pattern formulating into well-defined, complex, interlocking totem motif; attached human-hair rope to pierced hole. Length 57 cm. Width 10 cm

Aboriginal Turndun - bullroarer, large with incised linear circular designs to both surfaces. Traces of ochre. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 61 cm. Width 9 cm.

Large Western Australian bullroarer with incised geometrical diamond shaped design

Bullroarer decorated with Concentric Circles and lines with original twisted hair length 25 cm

Bullroarer, West Australian origin, incised swirling track decoration on both sides

Bullroarer. Incised snake track decoration and spiral motif

Bullroarer. Elongated leaf shaped, decorated on both sides with incised spiral decoration

Bullroarer, leaf shape with three bands of pecked decoration

Bullroarer. South-west West Australian origin. Ovoid leaf shaped, incised zig-zag decoration and unusual raised central ridge

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