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.

A didgeridoo with finely executed rarrk cross hatch design in natural ochres. Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia. Length 148 cm

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

Early Aboriginal hardwood didgeridoo with ochre pigment decoration

Early Aboriginal hardwood didgeridoo with ochre pigment decoration

Early Aboriginal hardwood didgeridoo with ochre pigment decoration

Australian Aboriginal didgeridoo by Leslie Giles

Aboriginal didgeridoo, gloss painted lizard design

Fine didgeridoo tiwi attribution., Linear design painted didgeridoo measuring 127 cm. Along with a second didgeridoo measuring 104 cm

Northern Australian Didgeridoo. Gulf marine life decoration. Collected N.T. c.1970. Natural earth pigments on wood. Length 122 cm

Four various Aboriginal artefacts, including decorated club; carved mulga snake; woomera; and small serpent decorated didgeridoo. Length 110 cm (didge)

Mid 20th century Groote Eylandt didgeridoo. Banded hatch and dot decorated in ochre with old varnish. Splits and losses to end. Length 78 cm

Two Aboriginal didgeridoos, on decorated in the Arnhemland style, 135 cm and 150 cm long

Aboriginal painted didgeridoo, a fully decorated wooden didgeridoo. White, black, red and brown pigments with free and animal forms painted to mid-section. Provenance: Purchased by the current owner from Sotheby's Australia. Length 150 cm. Width 4.5 cm.

An early Central Australian didgeridoo, hardwood with decoration

An Australian sound Tube (didgeridoo), of wood, decorated with figurative motifs in polychrome paints, 124 cm

Didgeridoo 'Fish and crocodile' decorated with ochres length 120 cm

Three didgeridoo's all hand decorated by native artisans

Northern Australian didgeridoo. Bees-wax mouthpiece and white ochre decoration depicting spirit figures, turtle, lines and dots. 103 cm

A Yolngu Sound Tube (didgeridoo), of wood, decorated with polychrome ochres, Arnhemland, 112 cm

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