Aboriginal Sculpture originated in Yirrkala and the Tiwi Islands. Some early sculptures can be very collectable.
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 made to help with the growing of tobacco. 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 intricately carved oval boards called Churinga. Out of respect for Aboriginal culture, they will not be discussed here.
The other form of sculpture from the desert started in the 1950’s and consists mainly of realistic looking desert reptiles.
The two best artists who later became
Artifacts as Sculpture
Aboriginal weapons and coolamon are covered in separate articles.
There are also several types of Artifact that could be considered sculpture. 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 being made in Australia today. These include wooden camp dogs from Aurukun and Yawk Yawk figures along with other fiber artworks.