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The museum’s Australian collection highlights striking examples of artwork that incorporate natural materials from the sea and islands, such as the Erub Island turtle-shell mask and a bark painting from Arnhem Land.

Erub Island, Australia
Mask
Turtle shell, clam shell, resin, sennit, wood, human hair, cassowary feathers
19th century
H. 20 ½ in. (52.1 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.13

Torres Strait, Australia
Dugong Hunting Charm
19th century (?)
Wood, stone, fiber, pigment
L. 9 in. (22.9 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, Raymond and Laura Wielgus Collection, 2010.16

Arnhem Land, Australia
Painting of a Female Figure
20th century
Bark, pigment
H. 31 ½ in. (80.0 cm)
Sidney and Lois Eskenazi Museum of Art, 80.2.1