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Carved and decorated wooden stingray made by Mani Luki in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965

Carved and decorated wooden stingray made by Mani Luki in Sn...

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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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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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 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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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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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 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 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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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. 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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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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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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Painting depicting a range of fish species caught in a fishing net, such as, bream, moonfish and long-tom

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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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Ruria
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1966
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Ceremonial pandanus bark armband decorated overall with pigment in a pukamani patterning and white down

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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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Circular head ornament

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Headwear
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tomenadjermiri
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1965
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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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Canoe shaped wooden container

Canoe shaped wooden container

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Containers
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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1960
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Hand ornament

Hand 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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Taoambusimi
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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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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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Digging stick

Digging stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Digging sticks
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Goulburn Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Weibuma
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1966
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Head ornament made from a tuft of cockatoo feathers

Head ornament made from a tuft of cockatoo feathers

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Head ornaments
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Unknown
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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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Toporulamau
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1965
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Conical hat featuring a Rainbow totemic pattern

Conical hat featuring a Rainbow totemic pattern

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Headdresses
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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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Paperback basket

Paperback 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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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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Boomerang

Boomerang

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Boomerangs
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Circular head ornament

Circular head ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Headwear
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Anuputawai
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1965
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Palm leaf basket

Palm leaf 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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Ceremonial hat featuring a Rainbow totemic pattern (duwadu), made of paper bark wound with two-ply human hair, string and emu feathers

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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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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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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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Punj

Punj

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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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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1969
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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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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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Biliaritjimau
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1965
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Fibrous string wound onto a circular cane armband

Fibrous string wound onto a circular cane armband

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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Alec Tjimar
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1966
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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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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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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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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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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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Painting depicts a man spearing a kingfish, with barramundi  and a flat fish and two stingrays

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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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Goluwa
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1966
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Plaited fibre armband decorated with red arbrus seeds and goose 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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Bulumundila
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1965
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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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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. Pagapunali
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1965
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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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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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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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Spear

Spear

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Spears
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Umbakumba, Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Buganda
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1969
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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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Ceremonial headdress

Ceremonial headdress

Yirrkala Arts and Crafts 17/12/1968 collection
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Headdresses
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Matjiti Maraldo
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1968
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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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Plaited split cane armband

Plaited split cane armband

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Armbands
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Umbakumba, Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nanungunda
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1969
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Digging stick

Digging stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Digging sticks
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Goulburn Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Weibuma
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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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Margaret Lanbubo
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1966
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Painting depicts a porcupine

Painting depicts a porcupine

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 5
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Bark paintings
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Beswick, Northern Territory, Australia
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Spider Ngabunun
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1968
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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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