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Bark painting depicting 30 circles, in combinations of black, white, red or yellow

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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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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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Milikapiti (Snake Bay) by Day and by Night.

Milikapiti (Snake Bay) by Day and by Night.

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nangunu
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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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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Deaf Tommy, Pukualamiri
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1965
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Bark painting representing a Prukupali pattern by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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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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Bark Painting depicting the body painting for 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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Bark painting divided into 16 panels by three horizontal white bands with red outlines

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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
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1965
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Painting has 3-pronged appearance with central oval shape design

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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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Black Joe, Wambiautumiri
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1965
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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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Painting is divided into numerous squares

Painting is divided into numerous squares

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 M. Puruntatameri
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1965
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Bark painting divided into two panels by a band of white lines with circle in centre

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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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Rubie
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1965
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Child's drawing

Child's drawing

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Unknown
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Bark painting depicts a rounded frame in four different rings of decoration

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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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Long Peter, Parapriti
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1965
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Painting is an abstract design of patterned & black horizontal bands

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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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Alie Miller
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1965
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Bark painting featuring an oval shape outlined in black & white

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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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Maria
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1965
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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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Maudie Tipupaju
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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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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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Painting has a central image of a cross surrounded by a square infilled with linear patterning

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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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Maudie Tipupaju
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1965
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Bark painting depicting two circles, one black with red and white outlines and one white with red lines

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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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Paddy Bush
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1965
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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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Bark painting

Bark painting

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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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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Bark painting divided into three panels by two vertical white bands with yellow lines

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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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Paddy Fish
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1965
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Bark painting divided into three panels with horizontal black lines

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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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Peter Trucker
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1965
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Bark painting depicts a hunter in white, with short limbs, holding a raised spear and shield

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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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Ron Adam
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1965
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Bark painting outlined in white with black dots, divided into three panels by two horizontal lines of yellow and white with black dots

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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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Long Peter, Parapriti
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1965
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Bark painting depicting the sun at Wuriupi 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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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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Painting is divided into 4 panels each containing an 'X'

Painting is divided into 4 panels each containing an 'X'

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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Big Jack Naunu
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1965
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Bark painting representing a prukupali pattern by Deaf Tommy from 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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Decorated and carved wooden pukamani mortuary pole painted by Deaf Tommy in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Ceremonial objects
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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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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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Bark painting depicting the Rainbow in Mauntu in Bathurst Island by Deaf Tommy on 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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Painting has concentric ovals of black alternating with red, with white & yellow dots

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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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Long Peter
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1965
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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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Dolly Three-o-Three
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1965
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Ceremonial head ornament

Ceremonial 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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Bungtalamiri
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1965
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Painted wooden 'female' Tiwi spear

Painted wooden 'female' Tiwi spear

Vic Skermer collection
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Spears
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Black Joe, Wambiautumiri
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1957
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Bark painting divided into eight panels with white lines; three vertical, one horizontal

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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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Ron Adam, Pukoatelemiri
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1965
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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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Gnaputaomiri
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1965
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Painting is divided into grid by white lines with red outlines & stripes

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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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Long Peter, Parapriti
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1965
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Fire drill

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Fire-making equipment
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Kevin July, Kilipiautimi
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1965
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Fire drill base

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Fire-making equipment
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Kevin July, Kilipiautimi
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Bark painting depicting pukamani patterns 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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1956
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Painted wooden 'female' Tiwi spear

Painted wooden 'female' Tiwi spear

Vic Skermer collection
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Spears
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Black Joe, Wambiautumiri
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1957
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Painting has a large central red circle with white dots & five semi circles at sides

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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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Big Jack
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1965
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Waist ornament

Waist ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Waistbands
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Uraputawai
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1965
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Bark painting depicts human figure holding a spear in right hand and star-shaped object in left

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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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Tipulurutimiri
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1965
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Painting has a circle in centre with wheel-shape inside and 8 lines radiate to a wider 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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Margaret Farmer
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1965
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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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Pukamani mortuary pole

Pukamani mortuary pole

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Ceremonial objects
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Karingimbi
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1965
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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Kevin July, Kilipiautimi
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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Fire-making equipment
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Kevin July, Kilipiautimi
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1965
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Bark painting depicts vertical striped bands crossed by three horizontal striped bands

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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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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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Pukamani mortuary pole

Pukamani mortuary pole

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Ceremonial objects
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Kilipiautimi
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1965
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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Fire-making equipment
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Kevin July, Kilipiautimi
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1965
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Painting depicts topography of Melville Island

Painting depicts topography of Melville Island

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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Long Peter, Parapriti
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1965
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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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Pukamani mortuary pole

Pukamani mortuary pole

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Ceremonial objects
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Karingimbi
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1965
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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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