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Australiana

Australian ethnographic and indigenous artifacts embody an aesthetic that is unlike any other found elsewhere in the world. These objects include fine art, vessels, hunting and fishing gear, as well as tools for everyday domestic chores.

The nature of indigenous tools and implements in Australia varied regionally. Coastal tribes, for instance, used fish bones as the tips of their weapons, while desert peoples relied on stone tips. The mythic boomerang and the dillybag, a bag constructed by native tribes from plant fibers, are two items that are unique to Australia.

Australian fine art and artifacts are perhaps best known internationally for their introduction of the Aboriginal dot painting aesthetic, which adorns many of their indigenous objects and had a significant influence on modern art. After Europeans arrived in Australia, ethnographic artifacts began to incorporate previously foreign materials such as metal, glass, and ceramics into their everyday implements.


Quick Facts

  • Australia’s Aborigines were the first to develop cutting tools with the ability to grind seed
  • In 2012, Christie’s New York sold an Aboriginal shield for more than $115,000
  • The didgeridoo, an Aboriginal wind instrument that measures between three and ten feet in length, is prized for its distinctive sound and often elaborately decorated surface

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Large important Aboriginal acrylic painting on canvas, Serpent in Sky, signed by Dhinawan Baker
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Large important Aboriginal acrylic painting on canvas, Serpent in Sky, signed by Dhinawan Baker
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD600- AUD800
AUD52511 Bids
Large Important Aboriginal acrylic painting on canvas by Dhinawan Baker
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Large Important Aboriginal acrylic painting on canvas by Dhinawan Baker
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD5255 Bids
Original Aboriginal acrylic painting on canvas Angela Rice "Honey Ants Dreaming"
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Original Aboriginal acrylic painting on canvas Angela Rice "Honey Ants Dreaming"
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD304 Bids
HAYLEY COULTHARD (BORN 1967) Red Tailed Cockatoo at Palm Valley 2012
Oct 24, 12:00 PM AEDT
HAYLEY COULTHARD (BORN 1967) Red Tailed Cockatoo at Palm Valley 2012
by Gibson's Auctions
Est: AUD600- AUD900
AUD7004 Bids
Original painting on canvas Peggy Nagamara ''Goanna Dreaming''
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Original painting on canvas Peggy Nagamara ''Goanna Dreaming''
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD203 Bids
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LARGE AUSTRALIANA ABORIGINAL DISH
Oct 21, 9:30 AM AEST
LARGE AUSTRALIANA ABORIGINAL DISH
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD353 Bids
FINE EARLY LEANGLE CLUB, WESTERN VICTORIA
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
FINE EARLY LEANGLE CLUB, WESTERN VICTORIA
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD4,000- AUD6,000
AUD3,4002 Bids
An Aboriginal Grinding Stone, Granite
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
An Aboriginal Grinding Stone, Granite
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD40- AUD60
AUD402 Bids
SUPERB LARGE PAINTED TRUMPET SHELL, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
SUPERB LARGE PAINTED TRUMPET SHELL, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,500
AUD1,2001 Bid
SUPERB LARGE PAINTED BAILER SHELL, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
SUPERB LARGE PAINTED BAILER SHELL, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,500
AUD1,2001 Bid
LARGE PAINTED BAILER SHELL, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
LARGE PAINTED BAILER SHELL, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD800- AUD1,200
AUD6001 Bid
MANGALALA WURRAMARA (1919-1984), PAINTED BAILER SHELL, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
MANGALALA WURRAMARA (1919-1984), PAINTED BAILER SHELL, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2401 Bid
A COLLECTION OF TEN PAINTED BAILER SHELLS, BARTALUMBA BAY, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
A COLLECTION OF TEN PAINTED BAILER SHELLS, BARTALUMBA BAY, GROOTE EYLANDT, NORTHERN TERRITORY
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3201 Bid
FINE STRING BAG, WESTERN ARNHEM LAND, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
FINE STRING BAG, WESTERN ARNHEM LAND, NORTHERN TERRITORY
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD200- AUD300
AUD1601 Bid
THREE MASSIVE PANDANUS DILLY BAGS, ARNHEM LAND, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
THREE MASSIVE PANDANUS DILLY BAGS, ARNHEM LAND, NORTHERN TERRITORY
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD400- AUD600
AUD3201 Bid
Two Early Boomerangs
Nov 01, 6:00 PM AEDT
Two Early Boomerangs
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1001 Bid
Original acrylic Aboriginal painting on canvas Hilda Nambula, Barrow Creek NT
Oct 24, 11:00 AM AEST
Original acrylic Aboriginal painting on canvas Hilda Nambula, Barrow Creek NT
by Pfeffer's Auctions
Est: AUD100- AUD200
AUD101 Bid
TIWI POLE, TIWI GROUP, MELVILLE AND BATHURST ISLANDS, NORTHERN TERRITORY
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
TIWI POLE, TIWI GROUP, MELVILLE AND BATHURST ISLANDS, NORTHERN TERRITORY
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD300- AUD500
AUD2401 Bid
Aboriginal Style Hand Painted Carved Bird Statue
Nov 17, 10:00 AM EST
Aboriginal Style Hand Painted Carved Bird Statue
by The Benefit Shop Foundation Inc
Est: $200- $600
$11 Bid
FINE LARGE NARROW SHIELD, YALATA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
FINE LARGE NARROW SHIELD, YALATA, SOUTH AUSTRALIA
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD4,000- AUD6,000
AUD3,2000 Bids
FINE NAIL-HEADED FIGHTING CLUB, NORTH-EAST QUEENSLAND
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
FINE NAIL-HEADED FIGHTING CLUB, NORTH-EAST QUEENSLAND
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,500
AUD1,2000 Bids
LARGE NARROW SHIELD, SOUTHEAST AUSTRALIA
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
LARGE NARROW SHIELD, SOUTHEAST AUSTRALIA
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD5,000- AUD8,000
AUD4,0000 Bids
FINE EARLY BULBOUS HEADED CLUB, DARLING RIVER REGION, NEW SOUTH WALES
Nov 07, 4:00 PM AEDT
FINE EARLY BULBOUS HEADED CLUB, DARLING RIVER REGION, NEW SOUTH WALES
by Vickers & Hoad
Est: AUD1,500- AUD2,500
AUD1,2000 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Australiana


Vickers & Hoad

Vickers & Hoad

Pfeffer's Auctions

Pfeffer's Auctions

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce