Early Australian Aboriginal Left Handed Throwstick

Item BR01 

This Item Sold for $149 on 24 May 2006

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This type of stone tooled Aboriginal throwstick was used by most of the Aboriginal groups throughout Central Australia and trading extensively. Hunters would normally carry at least 2 of these with them at all times. This example is left handed, smaller than most throwsticks and has a graceful curvature and bi-colored wood grain. The upper surface has longitudinal grooves running from tip to tip. The other side is flat, rounded and smooth. There is minor damage to the edge of one tip and there are natural worm holes and knots throughout. Still, this throwstick is in excellent condition and will display well. These Central Desert throwsticks have the longest straight line flights of any Aboriginal throwing devices. These were used for hunting, fighting, lighting fires by friction when rubbed on a shield, digging and for many ceremonial purposes. Used properly one of these could easily fell an emu from 40-60 metres. This one was probably made in the mid 20th Century. Length = 62 cm ; Weight = 268 gm

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