Aboriginal Hunting Boomerang from Western Australia

Item TB373       

This Item was Sold on 9 September 2015 for $250

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This hunting boomerang, or throwstick was made out of a dense desert hardwood, possibly Mulga. It is from Western Australia and it was probably made in the early 1900s. The shape runs true to the grain and this boomerang has excellent airfoiling. The upper surface is covered with many small incisions that appear to depict one or two reptiles or fish with a background or water or grass. The surface art is broken by several bands of surface without incisions that run across the grain. There is a lot of workmanship and it is very attractive. Because of age, the wood is very dark, so it helps to have a bright light to see the incised patterns. The reverse side is smooth and without art. This throwstick is in excellent condition with no dings or cracks. It is one of the better Western Desert hunting boomerangs I have seen.

Length = 56 cm ; Weight = 276 gm

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