Aboriginal Hunting Boomerang from Yalata Mission, South Australia

Item TB185 

This Item was Sold on 15 June 2011 for $45


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When Aborigines came out of the bush, 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 mid 1900s. The art work is similar to the art done by Aborigines who sold their artifacts to the Yalata Mission in South Australia. The wood is dark brown with blonde edges. 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 several kangaroos in a bush scene. One end is squared off . The other end is rounded. This boomerang is wider than most, giving it a larger surface area for artwork. There is also a noticeable twist. This was intentional done to wider boomerangs to make them more aerodynamic in flight. It is without damage, and it would make a nice display item. Length = 60 cm ; Weight = 376 gm



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