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Boomerang depicting the Sydney Harbour Bridge, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

2008.0048.0031

Boomerang depicting the Sydney Harbour Bridge, stylistically attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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Physical description

A symmetrical timber boomerang featuring, on the obverse, a pokerwork image of the Sydney Harbour Bridge with branches and patterns on either end of it. On the reverse of the boomerang in black is '$2', an illegible word 'B[.....]' and remnants of a white label.

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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