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Mwali/Arm ornament | Unknown maker(s) | Trobriand Islands, Milne Bay Province, Papua New Guinea
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The Anthropology Museum cares for a significant collection of non-Western art and artefacts including contemporary Pacific and Australian Indigenous artwork. The Museum also holds a collection of 6500 photographs.

It is by far the largest of UQ's museum collections and the largest university collection of ethnographic material culture in Australia. The foundation collection was donated to the University prior to the establishment of the School of Social Science.

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  • Bentinck Island spear thrower

    This spear thrower is a significant record of the Kaiadilt’s material culture, predating the evacuation from their home of Bentinck and Sweers Islands. It is an uncommon type of a common item in pre-colonial Australia. It is an important artefact in understanding the history of Queensland and the history of anthropology in Queensland, and particularly the role of the missions and their interaction with the traditional owners. And, as such, it is a significant item in recording the history of the University of Queensland’s Anthropology Museum.

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