Aboriginal Fluted Hunting Boomerang from Western Desert of Australia

Item TB374     

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 Jarra. It is from the Western Desert of Australia and it was probably made in the early to mid 1900s. The grain runs true to the shape and this boomerang has excellent airfoiling. The upper surface has longitudinal fluting running along the entire length with deep grooves made with stone tooling. The reverse side is covered with shallow dimpling as a result of surface finishing with an adze. Both surfaces have red ochre coloration. There are two sections on the underside with a dark stain, as shown in the photo. These stains may be from Spinifex grass resin? There is a small residue of Spinifex resin on the upper surface near the wide end. 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 = 74 cm ; Weight = 414 gm

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