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.
Three fine ceremonial clubs, Bathurst or Melville Islands, Northern Territory, (circa 1930), carved ironwood and natural earth pigments, 50.5 cm; 54 cm; 45.5 cm (3). Provenance: Private Collection, Sydney
An important and rare ceremonial boomerang-club (lil-lil), North Queensland (circa 1900), carved hardwood, 80.5 cm high. Provenance: Private Collection, Victoria, This extraordinary and large ceremonial boomerang-club is carved of hardwood with an irregula
Three Groote Eylandt ceremonial items. Spear, clapstick and knife. Crudely carved hardwood with hatched decoration in ochre. Probable souvenir items, collected 1950s. Crack through knife 'Blade.'. Length 64 cm (spear)
Fine Aboriginal ceremonial boomerang, base of ochre with linear parallel dot pattern to front and back. Provenance: Julius Carlebach gallery, New York, 1958. Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Width 69 cm.
Fine Aboriginal ceremonial boomerang, base of ochre with strong linear parallel lines to front and back. Provenance: Julius Carlebach gallery, New York, 1958. Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Width 59.7 cm.
Fine Aboriginal ceremonial boomerang, base of light red ochre with white and yellow linear parallel line pattern to front and back. Portion of blade slightly split. Provenance: Julius Carlebach gallery, New York, 1958. Zanesville Museum of Art, USA. Width
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