Wood spear painted in banded colourway of blue and black overlaid with dot designs coloured in white, orange and yellow daisy design patterning. The upper shaft is incised and decorated with puncture holes rimmed in white dots in a daisy flower design. The hand grip on the shaft is bound in twine painted in a yellow and white daisy design. The wooden spear tip is incised, painted in black and overlaid with a white dot pattern. A twine leg harness attached to the base of the shaft is painted in black and decorated with a white coloured dot pattern.
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spear
L1500mm x Dia40mm
Wood, Acrylic Paint, String, Adhesive
History and use
This Dugong spear 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 spear reflects the artist’s Aboriginal and South Sea Islander heritage through his use of vibrant colourways and dot patterns.