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.
4 item(s) found:

These items are not for sale and the descriptions, images and prices are for reference purposes only.

Artist Unknown, Tiwi Islands, pukamani pole 2002, earth pigment on iron wood Painted Country Gallery catalogue No. PC13. Provenance: Original Dreamtime Art Gallery Alice Springs, NT, 2002. Rosemary Penrose collection. Height 135 cm

Five Aboriginal carved Artifacts, including woomera, hollow carrier, clapstick, snake & boomerang. Pyrograph decorated. Length 85 cm (woomera)

Aboriginal Tiwi painted hollow pole. Tiwi Islands. Goanna and fish designs on hatched background. Natural earth pigments. Length 187 cm

An Tiwi Pukamani pole, tutini, Northern Territory painted in natural earth pigments with abstract designs, two diverging elements issuing from the top. Height 170 cm