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Boomerang - Mornington Island

Boomerang - Mornington Island

Enid Bowden collection
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Boomerangs
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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String bag

String bag

Enid Bowden collection
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Bags
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Nellie Kendall
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1987
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Dronepipe

Dronepipe

Enid Bowden collection
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Didjeridus
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Boomerang - Mornington Island

Boomerang - Mornington Island

Enid Bowden collection
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Boomerangs
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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Painting depicts a mirror image of a partially submerged cave

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Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Abagera
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1963
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Pearl shell pubic cover on hair string belt

Pearl shell pubic cover on hair string belt

Enid Bowden collection
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Personal adornments
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Bidyadanga (La Grange), Western Australia, Australia
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1987
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'Yingapungapu' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1974,

'Yingapungapu' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1974,

Dr Howard Morphy collection no. 1
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1974
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Ball of light coloured two-ply string made from human hair

Ball of light coloured two-ply string made from human hair

Enid Bowden collection
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Ancestral hero of the Yirritya moiety: Banaitja (Lanytjung) and Yirritya animals.

Ancestral hero of the Yirritya moiety: Banaitja (Lanytjung) ...

Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Birrikitji Gumana
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1963
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'Part of the story of Bama Bama the spirit man' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1967

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1967
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Jardial - fighting stick - Bentinck Island

Jardial - fighting stick - Bentinck Island

Enid Bowden collection
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Clubs
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Bentinck Island, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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Club - Croker Island

Club - Croker Island

Enid Bowden collection
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Clubs
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Croker Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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String bag

String bag

Enid Bowden collection
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Bags
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Wooden container with adze marks

Wooden container with adze marks

Enid Bowden collection
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Containers
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Shell necklace

Shell necklace

Enid Bowden collection
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Necklaces
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1987
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Bark painting 'Three Mimi men, spirits of rocks, and turtle' by Yirawala, Croker Island, 1963

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Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Croker Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Yirawala
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1963
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Hooked boomerang  - Mornington Island

Hooked boomerang - Mornington Island

Enid Bowden collection
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Boomerangs
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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Boab nut incised with animals and tools

Boab nut incised with animals and tools

Enid Bowden collection
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Nut carvings
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Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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1987
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Bark painting 'Tortoises and fresh water crocodiles' by Birrikidji Gumana, Yirrkala, 1963

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Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Birrikitji Gumana
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1963
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Waist ornament

Waist ornament

Enid Bowden collection
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Waistbands
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Ernabella, South Australia, Australia
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Unknown
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1987
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String bag

String bag

Enid Bowden collection
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Bags
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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'Djirird and Damala' by Narritjin Maymuru of Yirrkala, painted in Darwin, 1967

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 4
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Bark paintings
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Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1967
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Square plant fibre basket

Square plant fibre basket

Enid Bowden collection
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Baskets
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Winnie Moongotema
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1987
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'Opossum Tree  Dreaming', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1968

'Opossum Tree Dreaming', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1968

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1968
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Message stick

Message stick

Enid Bowden collection
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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Painting depicts bird on tree and goanna

Painting depicts bird on tree and goanna

Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Bayma
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1963
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'Napililingu', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1968

'Napililingu', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1968

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1968
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Boomerang - Mornington Island

Boomerang - Mornington Island

Enid Bowden collection
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Boomerangs
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Pearl shell pubic cover attached to hair string belt

Pearl shell pubic cover attached to hair string belt

Enid Bowden collection
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Personal adornments
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1987
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Club

Club

Enid Bowden collection
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Clubs
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Emu feathers and fibre head pad

Emu feathers and fibre head pad

Enid Bowden collection
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Headwear
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Ernabella, South Australia, Australia
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Unknown
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1987
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String bag

String bag

Enid Bowden collection
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Bags
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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'Opossum tree story', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1967

'Opossum tree story', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1967

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1967
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Bark painting featuring the Australian coat of arms by Narritjin Maymuru, about 1963

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Irene Davidson collection
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1963
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Stone Blade, collected near Normanton, Queensland

Stone Blade, collected near Normanton, Queensland

Enid Bowden collection
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Stone artefacts
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Normanton, Queensland, Australia
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Boomerang - decorated with transitional style motifs, Nepabunna SA

Boomerang - decorated with transitional style motifs, Nepabu...

Enid Bowden collection
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Boomerangs
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Nepabunna, South Australia, Australia
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Mrs Enid Bowden
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1987
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Painting depicts the creation of the constellation,

Painting depicts the creation of the constellation, "Wuripir...

Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Wandjiwara
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1963
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Pair of tapsticks tied together with a shoelace threaded through an incised burnt circular depression in each stick

Pair of tapsticks tied together with a shoelace threaded thr...

Enid Bowden collection
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Clapsticks
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Victoria, Australia
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1987
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Shell pendant

Shell pendant

Enid Bowden collection
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Pendants
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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Untitled, by Narritijin Maymuru, 1966

Untitled, by Narritijin Maymuru, 1966

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1966
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'Barama spreads the Sacred Law', by Narritjin Maymuru

'Barama spreads the Sacred Law', by Narritjin Maymuru

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Narritjin Maymuru
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Shell necklace

Shell necklace

Enid Bowden collection
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Necklaces
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Boomerang - Ernabella

Boomerang - Ernabella

Enid Bowden collection
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Boomerangs
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Ernabella, South Australia, Australia
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Unknown
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1987
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Red stone fake, collected near Normanton, Queensland

Red stone fake, collected near Normanton, Queensland

Enid Bowden collection
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Stone artefacts
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Normanton, Queensland, Australia
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Two-ply fibre string armband tightly wound into a circlet and tied at the ends with adhesive

Two-ply fibre string armband tightly wound into a circlet an...

Enid Bowden collection
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Armbands
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Topsy Marbunt
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1987
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Shell necklace

Shell necklace

Enid Bowden collection
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Necklaces
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Pubic tassel

Pubic tassel

Enid Bowden collection
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Personal adornments
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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1987
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Firedrill set

Firedrill set

Enid Bowden collection
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Firesticks
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Aurukun, Cape York Peninsula, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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'Sacred ceremonial ground Gununguwuy' by Narritjin Maymuru, Djarrtipi, 1975

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Aboriginal Arts Board collection no. 2
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Bark paintings
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Blue Mud Bay, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1975
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Untitled, by Narritjin Maymuru

Untitled, by Narritjin Maymuru

Dr Howard Morphy collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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Club

Club

Enid Bowden collection
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Clubs
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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'Fight between Crocodile-man and Stingray-man' by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1963

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Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1963
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Floor rug, woollen- Ernabella

Floor rug, woollen- Ernabella

Enid Bowden collection
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Floor rugs
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Ernabella, South Australia, Australia
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Message stick

Message stick

Enid Bowden collection
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Message sticks
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1987
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Cylindrical basket

Cylindrical basket

Enid Bowden collection
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Baskets
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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1987
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Seed necklace

Seed necklace

Enid Bowden collection
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Necklaces
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Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
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1987
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Bark painting titled Djalambu Emu Dance by Djawa, Milingimbi, Northern Territory

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Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Tom Djawa
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1963
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'Guwarrg spreads the Sacred Law', by Narritjin Maymuru

'Guwarrg spreads the Sacred Law', by Narritjin Maymuru

Dorothy Bennett collection
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Bark paintings
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Narritjin Maymuru
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Yidaki painted by Narritijin Maymuru

Yidaki painted by Narritijin Maymuru

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Didjeridus
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1974
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'Opossum Tree Dreaming', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1966

'Opossum Tree Dreaming', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1966

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Narritjin Maymuru
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1966
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