Central Desert Fluted Swan Neck Hunting Boomerang

Item TB108

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This uncommon type of Central Desert throwstick or non-returning hunting boomerang is called the Swan Neck, Beak or Number 7 boomerang. These unusual throwsticks were used for fighting, ceremonial purposes and sometimes for hunting Emus. The Aboriginal hunter would dress up in a grass suit and hold the throwstick up to simulate the neck, head and beak of an Emu. This camouflage allowed an Aborigine to get closer to the Emu so that the large bird could be speared. Most of the Swan Neck throwsticks that are sold are larger than this one and are covered with red ochre because they were used for ceremonial purposes. This one lacks the red ochre. It was probably used for hunting and/or warfare. The beak, elbow and most of the blade has longitudinal fluting. There is no longitudinal fluting on the end that is held in the hand. This end has shallow adze markings. The lower surface has shallow adze markings over the entire surface. This throwstick was probably made in the early to mid 20th Century. It is in very fine condition with a very small chip on the end of the beak and a small piece that has flaked off at the edge of a natural knot that is located about 25 cm from the handled end. There are also a few small age cracks as is commonly found on old throwsticks because of shrinkage due to moisture loss. This is a beautiful piece that will display well. I do not recommend throwing this boomerang.

Length = 68 cm ; Weight = 352 gm

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