This Item was Sold on 3 August
2016 for $195
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This hunting boomerang, or throwstick was made out of Mulga, a dense desert hardwood. I acquired it from Rob Croll, a prominent collector of Aboriginal artifacts in 1998. This hunting boomerang has much more curvature than the average hunting boomerang from this region. It was probably made in the late 19th century or early 20th century. The surfaces are smoothed over metal tool marks and probably finished by scraping of the surfaces with metal tools after moisture was applied to soften the surfaces. The wood is very dark and the airfoiling is excellent. This hunting boomerang is in excellent condition and without any cracks or edge damage. No fine art on this one. It is a functional tool used by Aborigines who did not use modern weaponry.