Aboriginal Hunting Boomerang from the Western Desert

Item TB393      

This Item was Sold on 18 October 2016 for $110

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This hunting boomerang, or throwstick was made out of Mulga, a dense desert hardwood. I acquired it in 1998 from Rob Croll, a well known collector from Melbourne. This is a large boomerang with ochre applied to the surface on both sides. The shape runs true with the grain and it was made with stone tools. There are several closed cracks that run along the length of this boomerang. There is also a large natural wood flaw visible from the underside. This is common on most of the larger hardwood boomerangs as a result of moisture loss over the years. It is still a very nice artifact that was made for Aboriginal use instead of the tourist trade. My best guess is that this one was made in the early to mid 20th Century.

Length = 78 cm ; Weight = 420 gm

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