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Painting depicts a central figurative shape in black within rectangles with rounded corners in rings of alternating colours

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Naunu
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1965
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Sawfish

Sawfish

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Bark paintings
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Umbakumba, Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nagungaba
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1969
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The painting consisting of three horizontal sections with the central section having a small circle

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tuki Puruldatemiri
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1965
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Carved and decorated wooden stingray made by Mani Luki in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Wood carvings
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mani Luki
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1965
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Painting depicts fourteen small rectangles between band of pigment rendered across the top and the bottom

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Polly Miller, Poinomaju
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1965
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Message stick

Message stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Message sticks
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tuprukamiri
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1965
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Painting depicts six fish surrounded by lines of palm trees and rocks

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Jack Maranguida
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1969
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Message stick

Message stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Bark painting

Bark painting

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Paddy Fish (Fisherman), Irimiati
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1965
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Message stick

Message stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Bark painting representing kulama initiation by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Deaf Tommy, Pukualamiri
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1965
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Message stick

Message stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Message stick

Message stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Painting depicts a central circle and twelve black egg-like objects

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Bob Bilinyarra
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1966
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Fabric headband

Fabric headband

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Headbands
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Numbulwar, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Malaiju
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1969
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Waist ornament

Waist ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Waistbands
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Port Keats (Wadeye), Northern Territory, Australia
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Joseph Mardigan
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1966
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Pandanus bark armband decorated with pukamani designs in various pigments and white feathers

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Armbands
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Naunu
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1965
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Painting depicts a centrally placed image of a large lizard, a smaller lizard, a long fringed object together with a torso of a kangaroo

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ray Baku
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1966
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Basket

Basket

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Baskets
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Topumorila
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1965
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Spear

Spear

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Spears
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Club

Club

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Clubs
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Paddy B. Irimiati
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1965
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Ceremonial pole

Ceremonial pole

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Ceremonial objects
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Port Keats (Wadeye), Northern Territory, Australia
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Joe Bereri
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1966
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Rainforest shield - QLD

Rainforest shield - QLD

Dr Gerald Holt collection no. 2
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Shields
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North-Eastern Queensland, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1984
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Elongated white bird sculpture

Elongated white bird sculpture

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Ceremonial objects
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Djilmin
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1969
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Waist ornament

Waist ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Waistbands
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Bark container

Bark container

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Containers
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Popalntao
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1965
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Club

Club

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Clubs
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Johnny Mundrugmundrug
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1966
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Pigmented conical basket

Pigmented conical basket

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Baskets
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mary Munjalama
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1966
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Headband circlet

Headband circlet

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Headbands
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Wally Burnungu
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1966
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Paper bark (Melaleuca sp), cylindrical, mortuary object

Paper bark (Melaleuca sp), cylindrical, mortuary object

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Ceremonial objects
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Giminydju
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1969
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Spearthrowers
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Oblong headband woven with fibre string, with single strands attached at either end, and five wallaby teeth attached with fibre string

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Headbands
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Conical woven basket

Conical woven basket

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Baskets
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ivy Balbalun
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1966
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Neck ornament

Neck ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Personal adornments
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Polly Miller, Poinomaju
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1965
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Painting depicts women, lilies, yams and other fruits, with six women overall

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Magani
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1966
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Shoulder ornament

Shoulder ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Personal adornments
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mary Mandelama
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1966
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Spear

Spear

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Spears
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Bark painting depicting three cross petal-shapes

Bark painting depicting three cross petal-shapes

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Port Keats (Wadeye), Northern Territory, Australia
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Charlie Mardigan
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1966
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String sample

String sample

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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String
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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String sample

String sample

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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String
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Apron made of a length of melaleuca bark folded in half

Apron made of a length of melaleuca bark folded in half

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Personal adornments
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Paddy B. Pagapunali
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1965
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Sculpture

Sculpture

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Wood carvings
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tuki Puruldatemiri
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1965
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Dronepipe

Dronepipe

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 7
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Didjeridus
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Mowanjum, West Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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Albert Burunga
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1970
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Head ornament

Head ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Headwear
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Pubic tassel

Pubic tassel

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Personal adornments
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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1960
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Edged, ground stone, hafted in bent wood

Edged, ground stone, hafted in bent wood

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Hatchets
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Goulburn Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Iparol
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1966
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String sample

String sample

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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String
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Armband made from woven fibre with a large bunch of dark feathers centrally attached with bloodwood resin and pandanus string

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Armbands
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Taoambusimi
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1965
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Pigmented armband made from split cane and bound with two-ply fibre string

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Armbands
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Peter Gangalara
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1966
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Spearhead

Spearhead

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Spearheads
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Bark painting depicting a large fish.

Bark painting depicting a large fish.

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 5
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Bark paintings
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Croker Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Edward Wandiwandi
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1968
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Pigmented, ovoid pebble upper grinding stone

Pigmented, ovoid pebble upper grinding stone

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 5
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Upper grinding stones
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Barunga, Northern Territory, Australia
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Unknown
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1968
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Barbed wooden spear

Barbed wooden spear

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 7
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Spears
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Black Joe Wombadiemeri
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1970
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Conical basket

Conical basket

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Baskets
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Banibani
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1966
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Pigmented, rounded stone hafted in split bent wood

Pigmented, rounded stone hafted in split bent wood

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Hatchets
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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George Yalmur
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1966
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Pigmented, fibrous, circular head ornament

Pigmented, fibrous, circular head ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Head ornaments
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Apauntila
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1965
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Pigmented conical basket

Pigmented conical basket

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Baskets
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Happy Wudjara
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1966
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Circular armband woven with strips of wide plant fibre

Circular armband woven with strips of wide plant fibre

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Armbands
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Rachel Djeingena
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1966
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Painting depicts several figures and fish

Painting depicts several figures and fish

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Bilinjara
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1966
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Pigmented apron featuring a single fringe of two-ply fibre string on string

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Personal adornments
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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