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A large patterned glass bowl with a stem that sits on a dark coloured wooden base. The base has three plaques on it, two shield shaped and one rectangular. The top of the base is covered in green velvet.
The collection is comprised of 35 objects including prints, photographs, woven materials, a cricket trophy and other items. The ATSIAA 2 collection is an adjunct to the original, much larger Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection, (ATSIAA), collected between 1967 and 2005 by employees of a number of Indigenous government bodies. The larger collection is comprised of 2313 objects. The material in the current collection did not appear on the original inventory and was not stored with the original items. The objects were located in a storeroom within the Department of Families, Housing, Community Services and Indigenous Affairs in 2010. It is however, indisputably linked to the original ATSIAA collection. All the items are in good or reasonable condition.
The collection is significant as it complements the original collection and fills geographical and stylistic gaps in the NMA's collection of cultural material relating to Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities. It also includes some provenanced objects that may prove useful in documenting some of the existing ATSIAA material. The accrual of these two collections 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 collections span 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. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the ATSIAA collection 2 is also significant, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
H 300mm x Dia 280mm