Aboriginal Central Desert Hunting Boomerang

Item TB399  

This Item was Sold on 23 January 2017 for $200

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This hunting boomerang, or throwstick was made out of Mulga, a dense desert hardwood. I acquired it from Rob Croll, a well known collector from Melbourne in 1998. This hunting boomerang was made in the late 19th century or early 20th century. The entire upper surface has deeply incised fluting running the entire length. The lower surface has shallow adze mark texturing. The surfaces are smoothed from use and there is a shine from kangaroo fat rubbed into the surface and used to form a fine patina. There are many very small chips on both ends from use and several natural wood imperfections that increase the attractiveness of this piece. Both ends are darkened, probably from fire use. A very fine example of Aboriginal technology in very nice condition.

Length = 66 cm ; Weight = 334 gm

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