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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Albert Croker
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1964
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1969
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Child's drawing - Joe Cooper he came and he chase buffalo at Paruwu at Melville Island by Richard Casey Fernando, Bathurst Island NT

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Richard C. Fernando
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Unknown
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Pudjamirri
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Jerry Kerinauia
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nongunyarri No 1
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1974
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tjipungaleialum
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1974
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Child's drawing - 'British ship anchoring at Snake Bay' by Joachim, Melville Island NT

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Joachim
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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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The Strange Snake

The Strange Snake

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Cardo Kerinaiua
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Antelemungarralei
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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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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Bark paintings
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Black Joe Wombadiemeri
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1960
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tipurrukuwamirri
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Child's drawing - Garden Point on Melville Island by Jamie Tipiloura age 10yrs, Bathurst Island NT

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Drawings
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Wurrumiyanga (Nguiu), Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Terri...
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Jamie Tipiloura
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Patrick Kantilla
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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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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Glass plate negatives
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Australia
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Dr Herbert Basedow
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1911
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Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spears
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ceremony of circumcision

Ceremony of circumcision

John Calaby collection
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Bark paintings
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Dr John Calaby
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1955
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Basket made of bark - Tiwi group

Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Baskets
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1957
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Fish shaped pigmented club

Fish shaped pigmented club

Charles Hart collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1957
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Club

Club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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Pigmented cylindrical wood tapstick carved with serrated edg...

Charles Hart collection
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Clapsticks
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, 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, Tiwi Islands, 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, Tiwi Islands, 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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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Wooden decorated club

Wooden decorated club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1985
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Pigmented split cane ring-bound arm ornament with fibre string and beeswax

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Charles Hart collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spears
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Armband

Armband

A Morrison collection no. 1
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Armbands
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1969
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Painting depicting decoartive motifs that are found on Tiwi baskets

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Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies - Australian National Un...
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Bark paintings
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Gwendeline Puangwugi
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1984
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Club

Club

Charles Hart collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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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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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Black Joe Wombadiemeri
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1970
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Plaited armband decorated with pigments

Plaited armband decorated with pigments

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

Club

Charles Hart collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, 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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1948
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Wooden decorated club

Wooden decorated club

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Clubs
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Plaited fibre armband

Plaited fibre armband

A Morrison collection no. 1
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Armbands
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1969
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Bent bark armband

Bent bark armband

Charles Hart collection
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Armbands
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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Neck ornament

Neck ornament

Charles Hart collection
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Personal adornments
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1928
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Beeswax pendant

Beeswax pendant

Charles Hart collection
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Mourning pendants
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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Block of 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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1954
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Decorated bark container

Decorated bark container

Australian Institute of Anatomy collection
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Containers
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Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1985
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Yellow-ochred circular plaited armband

Charles Hart collection
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Armbands
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1928
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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, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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1974
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