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Decorated boomerang attributed to La Perouse, Sydney


Decorated boomerang attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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Physical description

A light coloured, symmetrical, timber boomerang, with decorated pokerwork patterns including, parallel, horizontal stepping lines on the arms and a central pattern of feathers originating from a solid half-circle.

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. These objects also complement recent acquisitions of an A Perrett Harbour Bridge boomerang, and the Esme Timbery shell harbour bridges.

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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