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Timber club with incised design, attributed to Coranderrk

2008.0048.0122

Timber club with incised design, attributed to Coranderrk

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Physical description

A tapered club consisting of a square edge at the head then comes to a triangular point, and a bulbouse, conical handle. The head has incised 'X' patterns, semicircles and horizontal lines, and the patterns featured along the handle comprise of triangle and horizontal lines.

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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