Central Desert Fluted Throwstick

Item TB82 

This Item Sold on 23 November 2007 for $72

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This Central Desert throwstick has longitudinal fluting over the majority of the upper surface. It does not have fluting on the handle. The underside has shallow adze marking. A 6 mm hole is drilled completely through from the front to the back for mounting purposes. The upper edge has a portion of the fluting abraded away to show the lighter colored wood underneath the ochre finish. The ochre is worn thin at the dingle arm tip on both sides. This is still a very good throwstick and is probably strong enough to throw carefully, even with the mounting hole. It would not be too difficult to fill in the hole and selectively stain the upper edge that does not have ochre to make this throwstick more presentable for display. This throwstick was collected prior to 1940 and is from the Brother Brian Thomas estate. These Central Desert throwsticks have the longest straight line flight of any type of Aboriginal non-returning boomerang. They were used for hunting, fighting, lighting fires by friction when rubbed on a shield, digging and for many ceremonial purposes. Used properly one of these could easily fell an emu from 40-60 metres. Length = 73 cm , Weight = 396 gm

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