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.

Three Australian Aboriginal woven baskets, including: a Queensland bicornuate basket and two Central Arnhem Land woven baskets. 43 cm, 24 cm, 33 cm (3)

Bicornual basket, Northern Queensland, woven lawyer cane, 32 x 28 cm

Aboriginal bark container. Cylindrical form ochred bark with natural resin patches. Lashed with natural fibres worked into twine, probably Western Australia. Provenance: collection 1972, late Professor Derek Freeman, Anthropologist, Australian National Uni

Pair Aboriginal woven dilly bags mid 20th century, central Northern Australia woven natural fibre, painted ochre. Length 60 cm (approx). Note dilly bags are generally woven from the fibres of the plant species of the Pandanus genus, they were used for a va

A dilly bag, from Ramingining, Arnhemland N.T. Hand woven from local grasses and dyes. Provenance: Purchased Arnhemland Art Pty Ltd in 1995

Dilly bag. Arnhem Land origin. Alternating coloured bands with fibre handle

Dilly bag, Northern Australian, woven string with bands of earth colours.