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Pokerwork kangaroo

2007.0019.0009

On display

Pokerwork kangaroo

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Physical description

A stylised wooden sculpture of a kangaroo featuring poker work decorations.

Statement of significance

The Ray and Dallas Maple Family collection no. 2 consists of six miniature, or model, Aboriginal artefacts and three pokerwork animal scultptures made during the 1930s and two pokerwork decorated boomerangs from the Flinders Ranges made in the late 1960s or early 1970s.

The artefacts were collected during police work undertaken by two generations of the Maple family in rural South Australia. They are examples of Indigenous objects produced primarily for the Australian tourist market during two different eras. Objects of this type have been under-represented in museum collections in the past, as such objects were often viewed as less authentic than those produced in more traditional settings.

Physical description

On display at the National Museum of Australia.

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