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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Ceremonial boomerang, kangaroo Dreaming 1975, old Mick Walankari Tjakamarra (c.1914-1996), Papunya, Western Desert, NT, Mulga wood and synthetic polymer, 66 cm, Provenance, painted during 1975 at Papunya, Western Desert, purchased at the Aboriginal and Pac

Two early carved Aboriginal boomerangs, stone carved, excellent patina, length 53c, 59 cm (2)

An fine Aboriginal boomerang, Central Australia, Provenance: south American Private Collector, length 59 cm

ABORIGINAL SCHOOL, two Message sticks and a boomerang, 43 cm, 35 cm and 63 cm

Boomerangs. Two c1920's, incised linear decorations, second with metal tip decorations, Ex Dollman collection Queensland, Lengths: 48 & 50 cm

Australian aboriginal wooden boomerang, showing good patination with adzed surface, NSW region early 20th century, 66 cm wide

An incised South Western Queensland boomerang, 104 cm length

19th century Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Mild hook form, broad flat end & bulbous terminal to hand grip. Lightly scored surface. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

Aboriginal Paroo sword club. Dense smooth hardwood with scratches. Small losses. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

19th century Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Sword form with broad, flat section end. Lightly scored surface. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

19th century Aboriginal Sydney sword. Tooth incised wave top decoration with transverse bands verso. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

Early Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Long flattened crescent form. Lightly worked scored surface & remnants of handgrip transverse scoring. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection.

Three Boomerangs, Queensland, Eastern and South Eastern Australian origin, late 19th century, 54.5 cm, 63.5 cm and 74 cm

A Boomerang, Lake Eyre district South Australia, late 19th century, 83.5 cm

Two Boomerangs, Lake Eyre district, South Australia, with very fine linear decoration front and back, late 19th century, 82 cm and 84 cm

A boomerang, 'Queensland Native Creation', Aboriginal painting on wood.

Early Aboriginal ceremonial sword club. Finely hatched and incised pattern to top. Flat underside has fine linear grooves. Losses to both tips, and hanging hole drilled to tip. Length 108

Queensland Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Asymetrical flattened club form. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 67 cm

19th century Aboriginal boomerang. Asymetrical club form with stone worked striations and incised grip. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 63 cm

Aboriginal hunting boomerang. Open curve hockey stick style with densely incised handgrip. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 79 cm

A Boomerang, Darling river region, late 19th century, 68 cm, Provenance: Private Collection South Australia,

A Boomerang, Western New South Wales origin, late 19th century, 71.5 cm, Provenance: Private Collection South Australia,

Aboriginal Queensland club. Sword style club with pecked hand grip. Ex Hubert Jarvis, (Qld artist & entomologist) thence Bungan Castle Museum. Length 70 cm

Aboriginal fighting club. Dense hardwood of thick boomerang form with pointed ends. Use patina. Ex Hubert Jarvis collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum. Length 75 cm

Aboriginal early Paroo sword. Curved blade transitioning to round handle. Actual use patina. Ex Baldwin Spencer collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum. Length 79 cm

Mid 19th century Aboriginal Sydney sword. Stone worked curved hardwood form with incised, flattened whorl above hand grip. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 77 cm

19th century brass Aboriginal breastplate. 'Jimmy, L.T.C.E.A.M.' decorated with boomerangs. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection. Length 21 cm

A Boomerang, Central Australia (mid-late twentieth century), carved hardwood and natural earth pigments, 58 cm long

19th century Sydney basin boomerang. Stone-worked hardwood with single band incision. Striated handgrip. Weathered. Provenance: Bungan Castle Museum collection, length 76 cm

Early Aboriginal boomerang club. Stone-worked hardwood. Use patina. Collected Quilpie QLD. Provenance: Baldwin Spencer collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum, length 91 cm

19th century Aboriginal boomerang club. Paroo sword style with long flat edge & striated grip. Provenance: Baldwin Spencer collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum, length 91 cm

19th century Aboriginal Paroo sword. Long hardwood curved stick with edge to three quarters of length. Small old losses. Use patina. Paroo river. Provenance: Baldwin Spencer collection, thence Bungan Castle Museum, length 142 cm

An Early Throwing Boomerang, South East Queensland (early nineteenth century), carved hardwood, 60 cm long.. Provenance: Surveryor operating in Southern Queensland (collected late 19th century). By descent Private Collection, United Kingdom

A boomerang, used for striking fish, Western Australia. Length 56 cm

A boomerang, Queensland with finely incised traditional designs. Length 66 cm

A group of 4 Queensland artifact, comprising 3 Woomeras and a western Queensland boomerang. Boomerang 74 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

Two early central Desert hunting boomerangs, both with fine linear striations, traces of ochre, use and old patina. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret T

Two early central Desert hunting boomerangs, both with fine linear striations, traces of ochre, used and old patina. Provenance: Lord Alistair McAlpine (1942-2014); a British businessman, politician and author who was an advisor to Prime Minister Margaret

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