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The terrible fight of Purrukapali and Taparra

The terrible fight of Purrukapali and Taparra

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Jerry Kerinauia
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Child's drawing

Child's drawing

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Joachim
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Wooden decorated carving of a pelican

Wooden decorated carving of a pelican

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Wood carvings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Weapon - Club - wooden

Weapon - Club - wooden

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Wooden decorated carving of a barn owl by Tjipungaleialum

Wooden decorated carving of a barn owl by Tjipungaleialum

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Wood carvings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tjipungaleialum
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1974
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Message stick

Message stick

A Morrison collection no. 1
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Message sticks
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1969
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Triangular apron made of a length of melaleuca bark folded in half from Melville or Bathurst Island

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Charles Hart collection
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Aprons
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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Wooden decorated carving, 'Jabiru', from Melville or Bathurst Island

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Dorothy Bennett collection
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Wood carvings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Hunting by the Sea.

Hunting by the Sea.

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tipurrukuwamirri
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Wooden decorated carving of a snake by Nangunyarri I

Wooden decorated carving of a snake by Nangunyarri I

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Wood carvings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nangunyarri I
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1974
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Preparing for the Pukamani.

Preparing for the Pukamani.

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Pudjamirri
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The Strange Snake

The Strange Snake

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Cardo Kerinaiua
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Child's drawing

Child's drawing

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Patrick Kantilla
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If You Love Me Love Me Safely by Marrnyula Mununggurr

If You Love Me Love Me Safely by Marrnyula Mununggurr

Marrynyula Mununggurr collection
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Marrnyula Mununggurr
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2000
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Ground yellow ochre from Mindilu or Three Ways on Melville Island

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Tiwi Arts Network collection
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Ochre
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Water buffalo carved by Albert Croker, Melville Island, 1964

Water buffalo carved by Albert Croker, Melville Island, 1964

Albert Croker collection
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Wood carvings
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Albert Croker
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1964
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Painting depicts an abstract design that recalls the facial decoration for an ancient Pukamini ritual

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Dorothy Bennett collection
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Black Joe Wombadiemeri
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1974
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Joe Cooper he came and he chase buffalo at Paruwu at Melville Island

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Richard C. Fernando
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Garden Point on Melville Island

Garden Point on Melville Island

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Nguiu, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Jamie Tipiloura
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Weapon - Spear

Weapon - Spear

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Pukamani Ceremonial Accoutrement and graveside Baskets.

Pukamani Ceremonial Accoutrement and graveside Baskets.

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Unknown
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A Mopadrrunga, Spirit of the Dead, on Bark: A  Mopaditti.  Inv:

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Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Antelemungarralei
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Glass plate negative - Fish-tail bark and dug-out canoes, Melville Island, Northern Territory, in the background, photographed by Herbert Basedow, 1911

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Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Australia
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Dr Herbert Basedow
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1911
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Weapon - Spear

Weapon - Spear

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Decorated pandanus leaf basket

Decorated pandanus leaf basket

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Baskets
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Split cane armlet bound with string and covered with beeswax, pigment, feathers, and human hair

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Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1985
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Wooden club presented to ABC journalist John Bryant by anthropologist Charles Mountford in 1955

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John Bryant collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1954
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Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spears
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Apron made from a length of melaleuca bark folded in half

Apron made from a length of melaleuca bark folded in half

Charles Hart collection
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Aprons
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Ground red ochre created by burning yellow ochre

Ground red ochre created by burning yellow ochre

Tiwi Arts Network collection
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Ochre
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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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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Pamajimi headband, which may be used during the Pukamani and Kulama ceremonies in the Tiwi Islands

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Tiwi Arts Network collection
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Headbands
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Josette Papajua
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2001
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Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Wooden decorated club

Wooden decorated club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Yellow-ochred circular plaited armband

Charles Hart collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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Club

Club

Horne-Bowie collection
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Clubs
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1926
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Plaited fibre armband decorated with pigments

Plaited fibre armband decorated with pigments

University of Sydney collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1957
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Pukamani mortuary pole

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Ceremonial objects
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Stephen Tipuramatameri
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1979
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Woman's apron made of a length of melaleuca bark folded in half from Melville or Bathurst Island

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Charles Hart collection
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Folded bark armband pigmented overall with horizontal bands of dots enclosed in yellow and white lines

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Dorothy Bennett collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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Split cane armlet bound with string and covered with beeswax, red and white pigment, and with feather tassels attached with human hair string

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Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1985
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Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spears
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Woman's apron made of a length of melaleuca bark folded in half from Melville or Bathurst Island

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Charles Hart collection
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Aprons
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Club

Club

Charles Hart collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Bent bark armband from Melville or Bathurst Island

Bent bark armband from Melville or Bathurst Island

Charles Hart collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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Club

Club

Horne-Bowie collection
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Clubs
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1926
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Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spears
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Block of white ochre from Bathurst or Melville Island

Block of white ochre from Bathurst or Melville Island

Tiwi Arts Network collection
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Ochre
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Wooden decorated club, paddle shaped

Wooden decorated club, paddle shaped

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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Painted wooden 'female' Tiwi spear

Painted wooden 'female' Tiwi spear

John Moody collection
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Spears
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Beeswax and abrus seed pendant

Beeswax and abrus seed pendant

Charles Hart collection
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Pendants
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Takamuli

Takamuli

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art (ATSIAA) collection
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Prints
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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K Francine
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1984
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Abrus seed, beeswax and hair necklace

Abrus seed, beeswax and hair necklace

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Necklaces
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1985
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Pukamani mortuary pole

Pukamani mortuary pole

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Ceremonial objects
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Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1985
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Split cane ring-bound arm ornament with human hair string, textile tassel and decorated with pigment

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Charles Hart collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Beeswax and abrus seed pendant

Beeswax and abrus seed pendant

Charles Hart collection
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Pendants
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Tarooweardy wooden mallet

Tarooweardy wooden mallet

Charles Hart collection
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Charles (Steve) W. Hart
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1928
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