Woomera (Spear Thrower) from Northern West Australia

Item TB23 

This Item was Sold on 19 April 2008 for $61

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This Woomera ( atlatl spear thrower) was made by Aborigines in the tropical north of Western Australia in the first half of the 20th Century. This example is strong and attractive and made out of a very light weight hardwood. It is complete except for the missing peg. However, it would be easy to insert your own peg and bind it with sinew. The body has a lens shaped cross section with a maximum aspect ratio (width to thickness) of about 3/1. The finish throughout is coarse. The body is covered with a dark ochre and has simple art painted with black and white paint. Length = 68 cm ; Weight = 174 gm

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