Aboriginal Sculpture originated in Yirrkala and the Tiwi Islands. Some early sculptures can be very collectible.
Eastern Arnhem Land Aboriginal Sculpture
Tiwi Aboriginal Sculpture
Central and Western Arnhem Land Aboriginal Sculpture
Torres Strait Sculpture
There are a few very old sculptures from the Torres Straits. They were for tobacco growing magic. They are flat and two dimensional.
These sculptures are very rare and highly collectible.
The Torres Straits Islanders also Sculpted masks from wood and turtle shell
Central desert Sculpture
Traditional sculpture from the central desert is predominantly flat. These intricately carved oval boards called Churinga were central to Aboriginal spirituality of this area. Out of respect for this ongoing Aboriginal culture, they are not discussed.
The other form of sculpture from the desert started in the 1950s and consists mainly of realistic-looking desert reptiles.
The two best artists who later became
Lizard by Tim Leura
Clifford Possum Lizard carving
Artifacts as Sculpture
Many traditional Aboriginal Weapons and Coolamon have wonderful sculptural forms. These weapons, collected by some people as sculptures rather than Artifact.
I have separate articles on coolamon and weapons.
There are also several types of Artifact that have strong sculptural forms. These artifacts though are of a secret and sacred nature and it would be inappropriate to show them
Contemporary Aboriginal Sculpture
Some wonderful contemporary sculpture is still made in Australia today. These include wooden camp dogs from Aurukun and Yawk Yawk figures along with other fiber artworks.