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Enquiry from Online Galleries regarding "Australian Western Desert Aboriginal Hardwood Spear Thrower ‘Woomera’"
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Look at what I found on the Online Galleries website!
Traces of white clay old dusty dry patina
Size: 54.5cm long – 21½ ins long
cf: National Museum of Victoria, a very similar example from the Warburton Ranges Area; X46573
The spear was held along the length of the spear thrower by the thumb and forefinger of the hand grasping the thrower at its handle end. When thrust forward the spear thrower acted as an extra forearm giving greater whip & power to the throw. This example is typical of the form from the less hospitable areas of western Australia. It offered more wind resistance than the thinner varieties but it also served as a fire saw and a dish, and has a chipped stone blade set into the resinous butt which was used to sharpen spears and for cutting purposes. These western ‘woomera’ demonstrate the ingenuity of a nomadic desert people who not wishing to encumber themselves more than necessary made one implement serve four purposes.