Aboriginal Hunting Boomerang from Yalata Mission, South Australia

Item TB231 

This Item was Sold on 20 June 2011 for $58

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When Aborigines came out of the bush in the middle of the 20th Century, they usually sought shelter at the Christian missions that were built on the frontiers of the outback. The Aborigines would set up camps at or near the missions and make artifacts to trade to the missionaries for sugar, flour, tobacco and other non-indigenous goods. The missions would then sell the artifacts to tourists. The early transition artifacts were of very good quality and they were similar to what the Aborigines made in the bush. However, the missions would not buy these artifacts unless the Aborigines added non-indigenous art to make these artifacts more appealing to the tourists.

This hunting boomerang, or throwstick was made out of hard mulga wood, probably in the mid 1900s. It is larger and heavier than most of the throwsticks that you find from this region. The art is what the Aborigines had to add to their artifacts in order to sell them through the Yalata Mission in South Australia. The wood is dark brown with a blonde edge on one end. Both surfaces are smooth and without the adze marks that you generally find in Western or Central Desert artifacts. The upper surface has incised artwork depicting several kangaroos in a bush scene. It is without damage, except for some very light chipping at the softer blonde edge. The rough edge isn't very noticeable and you can easily sand it smooth if needed. It will make a wonderful display item. Length = 64 cm ; Weight = 502 gm

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