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 churinga, with incised chevron and linear designs to top. Square cut suspension hole. Dry brown patina. Length 22.5 cm. Width 3.9 cm

Aboriginal churinga, with incised linear and circular designs to both surfaces. Okirra (large kangaroo) totem. Traces of ochre. Old Museum label attached. Length 32.2 cm. Width 9 cm

Wooden churinga, with interconnecting, incised linear and circular patterns with pointillism, Unchichera ÈÇ' frog totem; pierced hole. Length 16 cm. Width 2.5 cm

Wooden churinga, with front carved with circular and parallel incised decoration, traces of ochre remain. Length 46 cm. Width 6.6 cm

Wooden churinga, with incised, cross-hatched design to front. Small traces of ochre. Mid-brown patina.painted label attached: Nullagine. 66 cm. Width 7.3 cm

Three Aboriginal singing churinga, of cigar-shaped form with circular and linear motifs overall; traces of ochre remain. Length 35 cm. Length 26 cm. Length 31.5 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

Two Aboriginal singing churinga, of cigar-shaped form with circular and linear motifs overall; traces of ochre remain. Length 37 cm; length 40 cm

Aboriginal churinga, circular totems linked throughout by three and five-line linear incisions. Rich, red ochre patina. Length 35.5 cm. Width 5 cm

Wooden churinga, with incised chevron and linear designs to top. Dry, brown patina. Length 26 cm

Aboriginal churinga, with circular and zigzag totems incised front and back. Okirra totem, large kangaroo totem. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 28 cm. Width 4.4 cm.

Aboriginal churinga, with interconnecting incised linear and circular patterns with pointillism. Unchichera - frog totem. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 25.4 cm. Width 4.7 cm.

Aboriginal churinga, with undulating parallel motifs to front and back. Rich ochre patina.Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 40.5 cm. Width 7.4 cm.

Aboriginal churinga, with incised interlocked circular motifs to top and circular motifs to back, with rich ochre patina. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 49.5 cm. Width 6 cm.

Aboriginal churinga, with incised cross-hatched design to front. Traces of ochre.old collection label attached. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 37 cm. Width 4 cm.

Aboriginal churinga, with incised circular and linear designs to front and back. Traces of ochre. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 34.2 cm. Width 4.5 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.

Aboriginal churinga, with incised linear and circular designs to both surfaces. Okirra (large kangaroo) totem. Traces of ochre. Old Museum label attached. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 32.4 cm. Width 9 cm.

Aboriginal churinga, with incised intertwined parallel motif on both surfaces with suspension hole. Traces of ochre. Old collection label attached. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 18.4 cm. Width 2 cm.

Aboriginal singing churinga, cigar shaped with circular and linear motifs. Traces of ochre. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 27 cm.

Aboriginal churinga, with incised chevron and linear designs to top. Square cut suspension hole. Dry brown patina. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 22.5 cm. Width 3.9 cm.

Aboriginal churinga, with interconnecting incised linear and circular patterns. Provenance: Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Length 29.6 cm. Width 4.5 cm.

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