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.

Two various Aboriginal items, including Arnhem Land didgeridoo, decorated with cross hatched animals; & ochre decorated digging stick. Length 94 cm; length 10 cm

Aboriginal club, boomerang, carved stick & Islander bamboo flute (4 items). Largest 81 cm.

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

Early 20th century Aboriginal Clapstick & Digging stick. Clapstick has worn ochre decoration of shark & boomerang. Collected W.A. Coast. Length 34 (clapstick)

Aboriginal Womens digging stick and club. Fire banded hardwood with incised end. Use patina. Length 126 cm

Three Aboriginal nulla nulla - waddy clubs, centre weighted throwing sticks terminating sharply at each end. Dark hardwood patina. 19th century. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 78 cm. Length 91.6 cm.

Aboriginal throwing club, centre weighted throwing stick terminating softly at each end. Light coloured hardwood with soft patina. Fine longitudinal incisions fluting across majority of the surface except tips which employ latitudinal border incisions. Pro

Throwing stick central Desert with incised carving and painted with Ochre length 68 cm

Fire stick. Cape York region. A single stick with red seed pod double sheath. Gum and fibre binding. 67 cm

Boomerang and digging stick. Two (2) desert region artefacts consisting of a boomerang with incised linear decoration and accompanying digging stick. 69 and 61 cm

Digging stick. South East Australian. Incised zig-zag motif to the handle. Body decorated with incised bands and light cross-hatching. 75 cm

Dowak (throwing stick). West Australian. Fluted linear decoration finishing with a feathered handle. 70 cm

Two (2) digging sticks. Central Australian. Pokerwork decoration. 76 and 102 cm

Digging stick, Central Australian, five pokerwork bands. 52 x 23 cm

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