Central Desert Woomera or Miru Spear Thrower

Item TB54 

This Item was Sold on 1 April 2008 for $123

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This Woomera (spear thrower or atlatl) from the Central Desert region of Australia was made in the middle 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 larger than most and is nearly flawless, with no breaks or cracks. The peg is tightly bound with fine sinew. The handle end has a small ball of Spnifex resin that is totally intact. This Woomera feels great in the hand and I would not be afraid to use it to cast darts. Length = 84 cm ; Weight = 310 gm

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