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A carved wooden bird. The bird is carved from solid form standing upright on a triangular base. The base tapers into the body of the bird. The body is cylindrical with the tail tapering downwards adjacent to the base. The bird has a long neck that curves over at the head. The head is rounded and tapers to a point at the beak. The bird is pigmented white, with black wings and a yellow beak. On the wings are white outlined of a crocodile and two snakes. The base is pigmented brown and has the text 'LipWurrUNGA' handwritten in white paint. On the underside of the base is the number '9002178' handwritten on a white rectangular sticker adhered with clear tape. Also on the base handwritten in black ink is 'Asset / 1149'.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.
The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
L 183mm x W 163mm x H 890mm
ATSIC branch office