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Pokerwork decorated club, attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

2008.0048.0119

Pokerwork decorated club, attributed to La Perouse, Sydney

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Physical description

A tapered timber club, featuring a conical cap on the base of the handle and poker work decoration along the length. The decoration features linear bands of dots enclosed within a solid linear border and circles formed by groups of dots.

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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