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Spear

Spear

Bruce Wright collection
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Decorated barbed spear from Bathurst Island

Decorated barbed spear from Bathurst Island

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Spears
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Bark painting depicting designs from both Arnhem Land moieties by Djunmal, Milingimbi, 1966

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Djunmal
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1966
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Weapon - Spear

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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'Opossum tree story', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1966

'Opossum tree story', 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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Sculpture

Sculpture

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Wood carvings
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Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Not provided
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1965
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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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Bark painting 'Frog at Mirramina' by Mithinarri Gurruwiwi, Yirrkala, 1966

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mithinarri Gurruwiwi
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1966
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Wooden spear, used in the 'Seven Sisters' performance at the 'Tracking Kultja' festival at the NMA in 2001

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Maruku Arts collection no. 2
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Spears
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Walter Pukutiwara
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2001
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Narra ceremony.

Narra ceremony.

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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Gawarrin
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1965
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Spear with clear glass 'Kimberley Point' blade

Spear with clear glass 'Kimberley Point' blade

Gwen and Wayne Masters collection no. 2
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Spears
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Sculpture - wood - witchetty grub

Sculpture - wood - witchetty grub

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Wood carvings
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Djulwadak Dawidi
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1965
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Wooden eel hunting spear with pronged head, made by Possum Clark, 2014

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Framlingham Rangers Collection
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Spears
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Framlingham, Victoria, Australia
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Possum Clark
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2014
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Spear

Spear

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Spear with glass tip

Spear with glass tip

Bruce Wright collection
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Spear

Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spears
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Spear

Spear

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Spear with hafted stone head

Spear with hafted stone head

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Aus...
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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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Spear with glass 'Kimberley Point' blade

Spear with glass 'Kimberley Point' blade

Gwen and Wayne Masters collection no. 2
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Spears
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Wooden spear, used in the 'Seven Sisters' performance at the 'Tracking Kultja' festival at the NMA in 2001

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Maruku Arts collection no. 2
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Spears
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Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
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Walter Pukutiwara
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2001
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'Bama Bama story - rats from  Manguldji', by Narritjin Maymuru, 1967

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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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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Flying Foxes

Flying Foxes

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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Mungurrawuy Yunupingu
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1963
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Bark painting depicting the ceremonial Wawilak ground by Dawidi Djulwadak, Milingimbi, 1964

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Dawidi
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1964
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Bark painting depicting a ceremonial trepang (beche de mer) and features suckerfish, stingrays and sharks by Birrikidji Gumana, Yirrkala, 1966

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Birrikitji Gumana
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1966
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Oval basket

Oval basket

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Baskets
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Coranderrk, Victoria, Australia
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Spear

Spear

Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1
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Spears
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Jamieson Range, Western Australia, Australia
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Mr Jackson Mclean
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Wawilak at Mirramina.

Wawilak at Mirramina.

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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Mawalan 1 Marika
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1967
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Weapon - Spear

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Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Spears
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Metal eel hunting spear with pronged head

Metal eel hunting spear with pronged head

Framlingham Rangers Collection
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Spears
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Framlingham, Victoria, Australia
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Gunditjmara Aboriginal People
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Weapon - Spear

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Spear

Spear

Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1
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Spears
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Jamieson Range, Western Australia, Australia
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Mr Jackson Mclean
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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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Split cane and fibre basket

Split cane and fibre basket

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Baskets
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Coranderrk, Victoria, Australia
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Not provided
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1974
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Spear with glass tip

Spear with glass tip

Bruce Wright collection
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Spears
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Spear

Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spears
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Yirritja moiety

Yirritja moiety

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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Mungurrawuy Yunupingu
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1967
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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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Painting depicting a crocodile, by David Milaybuma

Painting depicting a crocodile, by David Milaybuma

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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David Milaybuma
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Weapon - Spear

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American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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South-east wind story (Dreamtime story).

South-east wind story (Dreamtime story).

Dr Karel Kupka collection
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Bark paintings
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Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nemigilagum
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Bark painting depicting a dilly bag fish trap made by the Wawilak sisters by Dawidi Djuwarak, Milingimbi, 1966

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J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Dawidi
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1966
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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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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Spear

Spear

Maruku Arts and Crafts collection no. 1
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Spears
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Jamieson Range, Western Australia, Australia
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Mr Jackson Mclean
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Untitled, by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 1967

Untitled, by Narritjin Maymuru, Yirrkala, 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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Weapon - Spear

Weapon - Spear

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Cape Stewart, North Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Goanna.

Goanna.

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Bark paintings
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Croker Island, Northern Territory, Australia
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Nobardbara
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1965
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Men making south-east wind (Mamariga).

Men making south-east wind (Mamariga).

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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Wooden spear with metal blade

Wooden spear with metal blade

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Painting depicts four frogs

Painting depicts four frogs

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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Birigitji
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1967
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Spear

Spear

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Spear with glass tip

Spear with glass tip

Bruce Wright collection
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Spears
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Spear

Spear

Bruce Wright collection
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Spears
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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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Groote Eylandt, 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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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Djunkgawul.

Djunkgawul.

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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Gunyuma
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1964
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Spear with glass tip

Spear with glass tip

Bruce Wright collection
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Wooden sculpture, representing a freshwater turtle

Wooden sculpture, representing a freshwater turtle

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Wood carvings
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Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Jimmy Lipundja
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1964
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Weapon - Spear

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Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Spears
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Central Australia, Australia
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Painting depicts a whale and three men in a canoe

Painting depicts a whale and three men in a canoe

J Davidson collection no. 3
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mungurrawuy Yunupingu
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1967
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