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A symmetrical timber boomerang featuring, on the obverse, pokerwork images (from left to right) of a tree branch, an emu, a map of Australia, a kangaroo and a tree branch. Also inscribed on the reverse in ink is the number '8'.
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.
L 315mm x W 170mm x D 15mm
Attribution on basis of decorative style