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Ochres on bark depicting barramundi fish, stylised, body outlined and segmented in black and yellow dots on white, infilled with crosshatching. Red background. On AIA card written: 'Barra' written in white chalk. May have also been something printed below 'Barra' (approx 3 letters or numbers) but is now too smudged to read. '177' in lead pencil [?A-AB number] on thin cream coloured tape adheres. All on reverse side. D Kaus 17/4/1990.'
The Sandra Holmes collection no. 5 contains three objects, which include a decorated wooden spearthrower, cylindrical fibre basket and a painted wooden sculpture of a crocodile form. The spearthrower, from Elcho Island in the Northern Territory, has a waisted rounded proximal end. At the distal end, a wooden peg has been attached at an acute angle. The spearthrower is decorated with pigmented bands of cross-hatching and solid colour overall. The cylindrical woven fibre basket, also from Elcho Island, has a three string handle attached at two points on the rim. The crocodile sculpture, a rangga, from Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, has carved incised squares on its back which have been decorated using solid blocks of yellow, white, red and black pigment.
Sandra Le Brun Holmes worked for many years as an anthropological researcher for the Australian Institute of Aboriginal Studies (AIAS now AIATSIS). Throughout this time, she assembled a vast collection of Tiwi and Northern Territory Aboriginal art, and with her husband, Cecil Holmes, recorded and filmed a number of ceremonies for the Institute's Canberra archives. The largest collection of her art, the "Holmes-Tiwi Collection", is currently held in the Museum and Art Galleries of the Northern Territory, Darwin.
L 325mm x W 790mm