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.
55 item(s) found:
These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.
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
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 exceptional and dynamically carved narrow shield, Darling River Region, New South Wales (nineteenth century), carved hardwood and natural earth pigments, 68 cm high. This exceptional stone-carved example still retains strong remnants of its original red
An early and exceptional narrow parrying shield, Darling River Region, New South Wales (early-mid nineteenth century), carved hardwood and natural pigments, 84.8 cm high. A fine, early stone-carved parrying shield of diamond shaped cross-section and elonga
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 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 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
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