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An Early West Australian Spearthrower - c.1890

carved hardwood
Height:67 x 0.0 cm
EST. $1,200 - $1,600

MP #383


Provenance

Field Collected, c.1890s
Private Collection, Vic

of classic curvilinear design, adzed wood, replete with incised zig zag design in parallel striations. The point to attach spear secured with kangaroo sinew. The bulbous handle covered in Spinifex resin for holding bone or stone knife blade.

 

West Australian spear throwers, called ‘Woomeras’, are traditionally used to hunt larger game such as kangaroos.