Aboriginal Hunting Boomerang from South Australia, Yalata Mission Art

Item TB257 

This Item was Sold on 28 June 2011 for $105

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When Aborigines came out of the bush in the middle of the 20th Century, they often 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 pre-contact artifacts that 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 1930s. This one is a little smaller than most of the boomerangs that you find from this region, but it is very well made and essentially free of defects. Also, the art is superior to what you find on other Yalata mission artifacts. The pecking in the spaces between the kangaroos and emus is very fine. The wood is very dark brown and there are no regions of soft blonde wood, so this is a superior product. It is without damage. This is one of the best mission art boomerangs that you are likely to find any where.

Length = 47 cm ; Weight = 222 gm

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