These sculptural heads are part of a rare group of stone heads carved by the Aboriginal communities of the Kimberley region of Western Australia. This movement started in the late 1970s and continued into the early 1980s with the patronage of the well-known collector Lord McAlpine. This style of indigenous art has remained largely unknown and it is hoped that these pieces will further the recognition of this interesting field. Many of the sculptures are by known artist and several have provenance back to Lord McAlpine and Australian City Properties, the company that instigated the only other known exhibition of Kimberley sculptures over two decades ago.
The heads were all carved from sandstone and many are decorated using paints and natural ochres. Artists who created these works include: Matthew Gilbert, John Bennett, Joseph Wandi and Mervyn Gilbert.