Aboriginal Hunting Boomerang from Yalata Mission, South Australia

Item AG02    

This Item was Sold on 28 September 2013 for $25


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When Aborigines came out of the bush in the middle of the 20th Century, they usually sought shelter at the Christian missions that were built on the frontiers of the outback. The Aborigines would set up camps at or near the missions and make artifacts to trade to the missionaries for sugar, flour, tobacco and other non-indigenous goods. The missions would then sell the artifacts to tourists. The early transition artifacts were of very good quality and they were similar to what the Aborigines made in the bush. However, the missions would not buy these artifacts unless the Aborigines added non-indigenous art to make these artifacts more appealing to the tourists.

This hunting boomerang, or throwstick was made out of hard mulga wood, probably in the early to mid 1900s, but there is a tag on it that says 1970s. I think this is the date it was collected, not manufactured. The art is similar to what the Aborigines put on their artifacts before they were sold to the Yalata Mission in South Australia. The wood is dark brown with blonde edges on the ends and midspan. Both surfaces are smooth and without the adze marks that you generally find in Western or Central Desert artifacts. The upper surface has incised artwork depicting two kangaroos in a bush scene. There are a few small edge chips, probably added during the addition of the incised art. It will make a nice display item. This hunting boomerang is from the Al Gerhards collection.

Length = 54 cm ; Weight = 204 gm


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