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Boomerang with incised decorations, attributed to John Terrick, Coranderrk, 1915

2008.0048.0091

Boomerang with incised decorations, attributed to John Terrick, Coranderrk, 1915

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Physical description

A symmetrical, light coloured timber boomerang, decorated with an incised scallop pattern across the top and the bottom edge with a wave line across the centre of it, and two crosses between two lines featured at either end. Attached to the boomerang with a red elastic band is the collector's own paper label bearing the text '1915 / John Terrick / Coranderrk'.

Statement of significance

This collection of 150 objects shows the agency of Indigenous people in designing and making 'tourist' artefacts and demonstrates their engagement with the non-Indigenous economy. It expands the NMA's collection of these often overlooked 'tourist, souvenir', Aboriginal objects.

The attribution of many of the artefacts in this collection to particular artists and places is a significant element of this collection, as artefacts by known artists are difficult to obtain, and are a useful means of giving agency to Aboriginal histories. The NMA has very few Indigenous artefacts with artists attributed to them.

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