This Item was Sold on 22 August
2013 for $55
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This Aboriginal hunting boomerang, or throwstick, was made by Australian Aborigines in the early 1900s. The wood is probably Desert Mulga, a tough Gum hardwood that grows in the desert region of Australia. The tips are pointed and the surfaces are smooth. Bands of white paint are on both sides along the entire length. The paint does not appear to be indigenous and is probably trade paint from the early 1900s. The throwstick was acquired by the aunt of the owner just after World War I. so this throwstick is nearly 100 years old. It was procurred at the same time as the Central Desert shield ( Item ID01 ). This throwstick has warpage due to moisture loss and there is a repaired crack running along 1/3 of the length through the mid section. It is still a very nice and old hunting boomerang that would display well.