WAG has one of the finest collections of any regional gallery in Australia. Not all of our works can be on display all the time. Explore the highlights here and learn about our artists and influencers before you visit the Gallery.
Some of the most powerful objects come from Victorian Indigenous people. See the magic stone – used by Indigenous women during labour. It is small enough to fit into a hand and is smooth like a polished river stone with a deep thumb print made by many women over the years.
Other artefacts include tobacco used in pain relief, a smooth river rock which was heated in hot coals and wrapped in possum skin to warm for comfort, a woven disc used as a harness for carrying infants and a carved bark crib.