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.

Aboriginal Message stick or totem. Flattened spindle form with chip incised pattern. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 87 cm

Aboriginal Message stick or totem. Flattened spindle form with resin and sand markings incl. Sinuous line verso. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 92 cm

Aboriginal Message stick. Early 20th century. Annular & straight markings to each side. Ex Tyrells collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum. Length 34 cm

Two Aboriginal morning star poles, ornamented with feathers, together with three totem carvings and a message stick

A mulgawood message stick incised decoration 34 cm. Length

Message stick. Long ovoid shape, incised with spiralling circles and connecting lines

Message stick. Four incised spiral designs with interconnecting dots, on each side

Message stick. Intricate incised spiral and line designs. Reverse with square form geometric pattern

Message stick. Ovoid shaped with incised spiral designs and animal tracks

Message stick, West Australian, elongated ovoid form, finely incised with totemic designs, 113 cm