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Incised wooden club, attributed to Coranderrk


Incised wooden club, attributed to Coranderrk

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Physical description

A wooden club featuring a ninety degree angled blade at the distal end and a conical bulbous proximal end. The club is adorned with an incised, open weave shuttle pattern along its length.

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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