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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An Aboriginal stone axe with old original binding and spinifex resin mount painted with ceremonial design. Central Australia. Length 38 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

Two old boomerangs, left: an early stone carved hunting boomerang, Western Australia, right : an early highly curved returning boomerang, made from hardwood, Southeast Australia, early 20th century. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British

Three early south East Australian boomerangs, 19th century; finely stone carved and in good condition. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret Thatcher, he w

Large ancient Aboriginal stone axe head, approx 38 cm long, 26 cm

An exceptional club, South East Australia (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 63 cm high. For a related example see: Robert Brough Smyth, The Aborigines of Victoria: with notes relating to the habits of the natives of other parts of Australia and

A fine and rare club (bendi), Central Queensland (nineteenth century), carved hardwood. An exceptionally fine and rare form of club, (of which we have two in this sale); this example appears to be stone carved., 80.7 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection

An early parrying shield, South East Australia (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood and natural pigments, 89.2 cm high. This fine and early example shows evidence of stone tooling and the intricate designs incised into the face of the shield have be

Aboriginal Wunda shield. Older stone worked shield with ochre filled incised dog leg motif. Also carved verso. Old loss to one corner. 69 x 17 cm

Aboriginal stone worked shield. Ochre and incised decoration. Length 61 cm

A long stone club together with a stone ball. Club. Length 52 cm.

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

Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Stone worked grooved shaft. Collected central Desert late 1950s. Length 76 cm

A transitional boomerang, Western Australia, circa 1900, carved hardwood of typical form, with adzed markings all over suggesting it May have been stone carved 55 cm long

Two Aboriginal carved wood items, including Stone tool worked woomera with tree resin handle (old repair); and rustic carved coolamon. Length 70 cm (woomera)

Four Aboriginal carved wood items, including 1960s souvenir canoe fish spear; stone worked mulga boomerang; pokerworked goanna. Length 45 cm (boomerang)

Australian school, an old stone cut boomerang, 19th century or earlier

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

Stone churinga stone, small, of flattened ovoid form. Length 53 cm

Stone churinga stone, medium, of flattened ovoid form. Length 80 cm

Aboriginal churinga, of flattened ovoid form, stone damaged. Length 92 cm

Aboriginal churinga, with tightly carved stone tooled geometrical pattern formulating into well defined complex interlocking totem motif carved over earlier churinga design. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 45 cm. Width 6 cm.

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Aboriginal Flaked Flint spear Tip and stone adze, traces of gum resin and fibre to base. Together with an early stone adze. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Adze length 11.3 cm, width 5.5 cm, spear length 17 cm width 4 cm.

An Aboriginal Hafted stone axe, the stone head hafted between two wooden shafts and affixed with human hair binding and resin. Traces of ochre decoration to the hafts and head. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 64 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

Fine Aboriginal boomerang, in traditional non symmetrical form. Stone tooled. Strong, well defined parallel incisions follow form of blade. Traces of pigment. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's, Australia. Width 72 cm.

Two Aboriginal boomerang, in traditional form, one with stone tooled surface the other depicting modern human forms at play. Width 57 cm width 54 cm.

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, 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

Pre-European Aboriginal battle axe, circular form shaft bound and attached to flat stone head with animal skin. Label attached. Length 46 cm. Displayed on metal stand.

Boomerang, mid 20th century mulgawood with stone, carved linear incised decoration to Tip, length 72 cm

Boomerang, Central Australian stone carved, original Ochre finish horseshoe, shaped Decorations to one end. Length 78 cm

Boomerang mulgawood stone cut with later resin Repairs length 62 cm

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