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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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Waist ornament

Waist ornament

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Waistbands
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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Digging stick

Digging stick

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Digging sticks
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Goulburn Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Weibuma
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1966
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Spear

Spear

Roy Barker collection no. 1
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Spears
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Spear

Spear

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Spears
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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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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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 glass tip

Spear with glass tip

Bruce Wright collection
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Spears
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Spear

Spear

Edmund Milne collection
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Spears
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Orange, New South Wales, 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 with glass tip

Spear with glass tip

Bruce Wright collection
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Spears
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Spearthrower

Spearthrower

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 1
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Spearthrowers
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Mornington Island, Queensland, Australia
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Not known
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1960
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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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Armband made from woven fibre with a large bunch of dark feathers centrally attached with bloodwood resin and pandanus string

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Armbands
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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Taoambusimi
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1965
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Rainforest shield - QLD

Rainforest shield - QLD

Dr Gerald Holt collection no. 2
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Shields
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North-Eastern Queensland, Queensland, Australia
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Not provided
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1984
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Spear

Spear

Stan Mitchell collection
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Spears
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Club

Club

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Clubs
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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Biliaritjimau
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1965
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Weapon - Spear

Weapon - Spear

Dr Herbert Basedow 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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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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Spear

Spear

Roy Barker collection no. 1
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Spears
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Pigmented, rounded stone hafted in split bent wood

Pigmented, rounded stone hafted in split bent wood

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Hatchets
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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George Yalmur
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1966
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Pigmented armband made from split cane and bound with two-ply fibre string

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Armbands
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Peter Gangalara
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1966
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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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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Polly M. Poinomaju
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1965
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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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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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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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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Deaf Tommy, Pukualamiri
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1965
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Queensland spear 1

Queensland spear 1

Edmund Milne collection
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Spears
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Spear

Spear

Dr Herbert Basedow collection
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Spears
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Bathurst Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Weapon - Spear - Yirrkala, 1948

Weapon - Spear - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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Spear with glass tip

Spear with glass tip

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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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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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

Springfield - Faithfull Family collection
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Spears
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Edged, ground stone, hafted in bent wood

Edged, ground stone, hafted in bent wood

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Hatchets
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Goulburn Islands, Northern Territory, Australia
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Iparol
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1966
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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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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Tuki Puruldatemiri
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1965
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Carved and decorated wooden stingray made by Mani Luki in Snake Bay, Melville Island, 1965

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Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Wood carvings
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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Mani Luki
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1965
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Spear, Ernabella SA, mid 1950s

Spear, Ernabella SA, mid 1950s

Winifred Hilliard collection no. 2
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Spears
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Ernabella, South Australia, Australia
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1955
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Spear with broken clear glass 'Kimberley Point' blade

Spear with broken clear glass 'Kimberley Point' blade

Gwen and Wayne Masters collection no. 2
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Spears
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Conical woven basket

Conical woven 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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Ivy Balbalun
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1966
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Weapon - Spear - Yirrkala, 1948

Weapon - Spear - Yirrkala, 1948

American-Australian Scientific Expedition to Arnhem Land (AASEAL) c...
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Spears
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Yirrkala, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Mr Charles P. Mountford
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1948
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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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Palm leaf basket

Palm leaf basket

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Baskets
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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Topumorila
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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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Fibrous string wound onto a circular cane armband

Fibrous string wound onto a circular cane armband

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 3
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Armbands
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Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
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Alec Tjimar
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1966
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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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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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Spear

Spear

Bruce Wright collection
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Spears
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Boomerang

Boomerang

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

Club

Dr Helen M Wurm collection no. 2
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Clubs
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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Toporulamau
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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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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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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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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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Not provided
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Spear

Spear

Ray and Dallas Maple Family collection no. 2
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Spears
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South Australia, Australia
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Howard Maple
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1930
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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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Milikapiti (Snake Bay), Melville Island, Tiwi Islands, Northern Ter...
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Bungtalamiri
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1965
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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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Spear with glass tip

Spear with glass tip

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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Spear with glass tip

Spear with glass tip

Bruce Wright collection
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Spears
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