Central Desert Australian Aboriginal Miru Spear Thrower

Item TB288                   

This Item was Sold on 15 September 2012 for $138

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This woomera (spear thrower or atlatl) from the Central Desert region of Australia was made in the mid 20th Century. The Aborigines of the Central Desert were nomadic and they had to carry light weight multi-purpose tools. This light weight woomera is called a Miru by the indigenous Central Desert Aborigines. The miru is not only a spear thrower, but the curved interior section is used like a coolamon bowl for the preparation of food, preparing ochre for ceremonial purposes, etc. The central section has a thin and uniform thickness along most of the length. The peg is tightly bound with fine sinew. and sealed with Spinifex resin The handle has a ball of Spinifex resin for the grip. This Woomera feels great in the hand. It would make a fine throwing implement, if it were not a collectable. This example is in excellent condition with no breaks or cracks except for a small edge chip (see photo) that can be painted, sanded or just left as it is. a very nice artifact that is no longer made.

Length = 87 cm ; Weight = 342 gm

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