Central Desert Woomera or Miru Spear Thrower

Item TB47

This Item was Sold on 26 March 2008 for $123

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This Woomera (spear thrower or atlatl) from the Central Desert region of Australia was made in the first half of the 20th Century. The Aborigines of the Central Desert travelled on long walkabouts where they had to carry light weight and multi-purpose tools. This light weight Woomera is called a Miru by the indigenous Central Desert people. The Miru is a spear thrower and the curved interior section is used much 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 the entire length. This example is nearly flawless with no breaks or cracks. The peg is tightly bound with fine sinew. There is no Spinifex resin anywhere on this Miru, so it was probably used in one of the dryer or more Southern regions of the Central Desert. There is a white dot on the handle. This Woomera feels great in the hand and it would make a fine throwing implement. Length = 82 cm ; Weight = 314 gm

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