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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

Recommended Items at Auction

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Martin Boyd Aboriginal decorated plate, 18 cm…
Dec 11, 11:00 AM AEDT
Martin Boyd Aboriginal decorated plate, 18 cm…
by Amanda Addams Auctions
Est: AUD30- AUD50
AUD504 Bids
Aboriginal Hand Painted Boomerang
Dec 10, 10:00 AM MST
Aboriginal Hand Painted Boomerang
by EJ'S Auction & Appraisal
Est: $0- $0
$152 Bids
Peter Nabarlambarl Oenpelli Bark Painting
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Peter Nabarlambarl Oenpelli Bark Painting
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$102 Bids
Aboriginal Ochre on Bark Crocodile Painting
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Aboriginal Ochre on Bark Crocodile Painting
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$302 Bids
Bobby Nganjmira Ochre on Bark “Luma Luma"
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Bobby Nganjmira Ochre on Bark “Luma Luma"
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$302 Bids
Tjampitjinpa "Flying Ants" Acrylic on Canvas
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Tjampitjinpa "Flying Ants" Acrylic on Canvas
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
Pitjantjara Tribal Aboriginal Acrylic Painting
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Pitjantjara Tribal Aboriginal Acrylic Painting
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$101 Bid
AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINE DIDGERIDOO
Dec 18, 10:00 AM EST
AUSTRALIAN ABORIGINE DIDGERIDOO
by White's Auctions
Est: $300- $500
$1500 Bids
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ABORIGINAL TAPESTRY + MĀORI ITEMS
Dec 08, 9:00 AM AEST
ABORIGINAL TAPESTRY + MĀORI ITEMS
by Albion Antique Auction Centre
Est: AUD10- AUD40
AUD100 Bids
Paddy Carroll “Man’s Dreaming" Aboriginal Painting
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Paddy Carroll “Man’s Dreaming" Aboriginal Painting
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Australian Aboriginal Animals Ochre Bark Painting
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Australian Aboriginal Animals Ochre Bark Painting
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Jonnie Chambers, Australia (21st Century), Kitsune Pink & Blue 2005 [2], Acrylic on canvas
Dec 16, 11:00 AM AEDT
Jonnie Chambers, Australia (21st Century), Kitsune Pink & Blue 2005 [2], Acrylic on canvas
by Theodore Bruce
Est: AUD200- AUD400
AUD1000 Bids
Jack Maranbarra "Female Spirit" Wood Carving
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Jack Maranbarra "Female Spirit" Wood Carving
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Yelpi Yununpingu Wood Carving Baru Crocodile
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Yelpi Yununpingu Wood Carving Baru Crocodile
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids
Guthay Guthay “Log Bone Coffin" Bark Painting
Dec 14, 12:00 PM EST
Guthay Guthay “Log Bone Coffin" Bark Painting
by C Biddle Auction Gallery
Est: $10- $1,000
$100 Bids

Sellers Who Sell Australiana


C Biddle Auction Gallery

C Biddle Auction Gallery

Theodore Bruce

Theodore Bruce

William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals

William Bunch Auctions & Appraisals

Amanda Addams Auctions

Amanda Addams Auctions