This item is a museum quality Central Desert hunting boomerang (throwstick) made out of dark Mulga hardwood and covered with red ochre. This throwstick was probably made in the early 1900s.
The longitudinal grooves are interrupted at both ends. This type of art is usually found in northern South Australia. The underside is scraped smooth and has red ochre pigment. This item is in excellent condition and without damage except for a couple of small natural wood defects. Good old throwsticks like this are becoming quite scarce as the primitive construction skills are forgotten by the remaining Aborigines.
I bought this boomerang directly from Michael Hamson, USA. Since then it has been part of my private collection. There is also an old auction label present on the stick. On the back-side old Aboriginal carvings are shown.
Provenance: Ex Michael Hamson, USA. One of the leading tribal art dealers in the world.
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- Hunting Boomerang (Throwstick) Ex M. Hamson US
- Ethnic group/ culture
- Region/ country
- 1st half 20th century
- Sold with stand
- 66×6×1 cm
- 394 g