Decorative painted axe with display stand. The wooden axe handle is painted light brown and overlaid with banded dot motifs of pink and blue flower designs and also includes black painted bands overlaid with white dot motifs. The axe handle grip is bound in blue painted string decorated with a black dot motif. The axe blade is bound with painted blue string with the blade painted black and overlaid with a white dot motif. The display stand is painted black and overlaid with a decorative dot motif in colours of tan, brown, white, yellow and blue. Two L shaped wooden supports are attached to the base to support the display of the axe.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander axe
L480 x W220 x D40mm Axe
L433 x W143 x D80mm Display stand
Wood,Acrylic Paint, String, Adhesive
History and use
This axe with display stand is one of a group of objects acquired from Aboriginal/South Sea Islander Artist, Mr Aubrey Jack (John) Wimbus.
Through his artworks, Wimbus pays homage to his childhood and connection to land. He reflects and references his cultural knowledge passed down to him by his grandfather Jack Wimbus, a Bunda man. His collecting knowledge and inclusion of natural materials in his art making processes, including rocks and timbers collected from river areas, draws heavily on passed down cultural knowledge. Created in 2018, this axe with display stand reflects the artist’s Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage through his use of vibrant colourways and dot patterns.