The Collections

Collectables (Australasia / Oceania)

Created: 25.04.14


  • Name
  • Artist / Maker
  • Date made
  • ID
  • Unknown
    before 1777
    AAA2831
    tewhatewha

    A Maori long handled club, pronounced 'tefa tefa'. This is a status object of importance spiritually and ritually as well as in warfare. The flat blade would have been used to lead followers in battle, both to signal direction and…

  • Unknown
    19th century
    AAA2992

    Boomerang from western Victoria or south east South Australia. L-shaped, one surface flattened, the other slightly curved. Typical returning type for this extended region. Sports type.

  • Unknown
    1837-43
    AAA3768
    net

    A net attached to four sticks for trapping game, probably Australian aboriginal. Collected by Sir John Franklin or his wife Jane, while he was governor of Van Diemens Land (Tasmania).

  • Unknown
    19th century
    AAA2766
    Arrow

    Arrow possibly from the Solomon Islands with a bamboo shaft with no flights or notches for a bowstring but painted with black striped decoration. Bone barbs are secured by lashing. The barbed end is painted red with white triangles.

  • Unknown
    1837-43
    W1989-37
    shield, parrying

    Australian aboriginal parrying shield. A long narrow shield with a hand grip carved at the back. The front is carved in diamond patterns. Collected by Sir John Franklin or his wife Jane, while he was governor of Van Diemens Land…

  • Unknown
    before 1777
    AAA2833
    Fue

    Tongan fue ('fly whisk') made either from re-using an altered spear point, or carving the handle to resemble one. The coconut fibre strands are bound onto the point. After British arrival, and the introduction of horses, later fue began to…

  • Unknown
    before 1773
    M1958-25
    Kotiate

    A very fine Maori kotiate or hand club. Most examples are made from whalebone, although this particular example is in wood; hardwood such as akeake or rautangi was often used for kotiate. This is a prestigious weapon and personal object,…

  • Unknown
    REL0401
    Wooden dolphin

    A wooden carving in the shape of a dolphin attached to a plinth. Inscribed on the plinth are the words 'SHANNON 1912-1913'.

  • Unknown
    1896
    226
    Siapo

    Siapo (bark cloth) painted freehand - siapo mananu, in red, black and yellow with triangles (trochus shell pattern) with a net pattern in the centre. The edges are cut in points. A label is sewn on inscribed: 'Samoan Dress. Made…

  • Unknown
    19th century
    AAA2962
    mask

    A mask on a dart-shaped frame made of reeds, covered with a hair and a plaster-like composition, painted black, red and green. Identified by Dr A.L. Kaeppler as from Vanuatu.

  • Unknown
    1919
    M1962-51
    Tambua

    Five whale's teeth engraved with names joined by a cord. Presented to Admiral of the Fleet Sir John Rushworth Jellicoe (1859-1935) by the hereditary chief Hon. J.A. Rabice, O.B.E. during a visit to Suva, Fiji in 1919. See Admiral Sir…