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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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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. 2
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Message sticks
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tuprukamiri
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1965
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Painting depicts 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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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 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 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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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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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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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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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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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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Elongated white bird sculpture

Elongated white bird sculpture

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Ceremonial objects
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Djilmin
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1969
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Headdress used in mortuary ceremonies

Headdress used in mortuary ceremonies

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4
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Headdresses
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ngulmarmar
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1967
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Emu feather head ornament

Emu feather 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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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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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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Wooden paddle

Wooden paddle

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Paddles
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Goulburn Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Irindili
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1966
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Waist ornament

Waist ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Waistbands
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Jacky Meriwanga
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1966
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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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Black Joe Wombadiemeri
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1965
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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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Pandanus bark armband decorated with pukamani designs in various pigments and white feathers

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Armbands
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Snake Bay, Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Naunu
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1965
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Painting depicts several figures and fish

Painting depicts several figures and fish

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

Fabric headband

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

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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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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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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Painting depicts a centrally placed image of a large lizard, a smaller lizard, a long fringed object together with a torso of a kangaroo

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Ray Baku
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1966
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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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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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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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Duluweanga
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1965
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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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Ceremonial hat made of paper bark wound with two-ply human hair string

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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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Lindsay Roughsey
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1960
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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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Head ornament

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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Popalntao
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1965
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Bailer shell scraper

Bailer shell scraper

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

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Headbands
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Ceremonial pole

Ceremonial pole

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Ceremonial objects
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Port Keats (Wadeye), Northern Territory, Australia
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Joe Bereri
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1966
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Bark painting depicting cemonial patterns on bullroarers

Bark painting depicting cemonial patterns on bullroarers

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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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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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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Pubic tassel

Pubic tassel

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 6
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Personal adornments
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Umbakumba, Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nanungunda
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1969
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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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Finely ground wooden point used as a sewing needle, burnished, and with a circular hole at the broad end

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Awls
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Goulburn Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Guardbu
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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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Smoking pipe made from a crab claw

Smoking pipe made from a crab claw

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Smoking pipes
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nancy Banejamma
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1966
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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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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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Tomenadjermiri
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1965
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Bark painting depicting a central vertical tapering figure surrounded by decorated oval shaped ring

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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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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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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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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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Sculpture

Sculpture

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 5
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Wood carvings
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Croker Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Roy Manggurinjin
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1968
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