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Burnished, wooden fighting club

2005.0062.0003

Burnished, wooden fighting club

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Physical description

A burnished, wooden fighting club tapering to a bulbous point, with longitudinal linea incisions finely carved along the surface plane overall. The base of the handle is notched and gouged. There is a small, square, white paper sticker with the number '29' printed on it attached to the handle of the club.

Statement of significance

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.

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