Aboriginal Hunting Boomerang from Western Australia

Item TB248   

This Item was Sold on 26 September 2011 for $114

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This hunting boomerang, or throwstick was made by Aborigines out of a hard gumwood, probably in the period between 1930 and 1960. Both surfaces are scraped smooth. On one side, there are several rows of incised bands. The bands are wide and there is a textured pattern within each band that looks sort of like a code. The shape and airfoiling is similar to that of the throwsticks from the Central Desert region. This is not a long distance throwing model, so the flight range is probably less than 40 metres. This boomerang is undamaged, except for very light pitting on both tips. It was difficult to photograph this Aboriginal boomerang because of the smooth shiny surface. It does not have a varnish coating. The surface was scrapped smooth and the natural oils from the wood have come to the surface. It looks much nicer than the photos depict.

Length = 53 cm ; Weight = 240 gm

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