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  • 19th Century NSW Aboriginal Artefacts collection(7)

    Burnished, wooden boomerang incised with decorative designs
    Diamond-shaped wooden parrying shield decorated with blue pigment
    Burnished, wooden fighting club

    The collection of 19th century north-west NSW Aboriginal artefacts consists of one unusual shield, one rare lil-lil club, three incised boomerangs and two fluted fighting clubs. The collection is in excellent condition.

    Aboriginal groups across Australia have designs that are uniquely theirs and which, when presented in particular orders, make strong statements about group and personal identities. These 19th century artefacts - with their high degree of intricate decoration particular to south-east Australia - are an important acquisition for this reason and because they originate from a region notoriously difficult to document with Indigenous material.