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Wooden club with incised animal images, attributed to Coranderrk, Victoria

2008.0048.0127

Wooden club with incised animal images, attributed to Coranderrk, Victoria

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Physical description

A light coloured wooden club with a tapered head protruding from one side. One face of the club head is adorned with incised images of a kangaroo and an emu, and the other with a swan and a bird on a branch with red berries.

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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