In pictures: Indigenous Australia

The first major exhibition to present a history of indigenous Australia through objects opens at the British Museum in April 2015

Bark painting of a barramundi, Western Arnhem Land, c1961 © The Trustees of the British Museum


Turtle shell mask from Mer, Mer, Torres Strait, Queensland, before 1855 © The Trustees of the British Museum


Kungkarangkalpa, by Kunmanara Hogan, Tjaruwa Woods, Yarangka Thomas, Estelle Hogan, Ngalpingka Simms and Myrtle Pennington, 2013 © The artists, courtesy Spinifex Arts Project


Pearl shell pendant with dancing figures, Kimberley region, Western Australia, before 1926 © The Trustees of the British Museum


Spear thrower, North Western Australia, late 19th or early 20th century © The Trustees of the British Museum


James Cook - with the Declaration, by Vincent Namatjira, 2014 © Vincent Namatjira


Shield collected at Botany Bay during Captain Cook's visit, 1770 © The Trustees of the British Museum


Indigenous Australia: Enduring Civilisation is on show at the British Museum from 23 April–2 August. For more information, and to book tickets, visit


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