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woomera (throwing stick)
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • woomera (throwing stick), late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
  • wood, gum resin, sinew, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 76 x 9 cm
    Object Length/Width: 29 7/8 x 3 1/2 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4045

The spearthrower has a wide rounded and curved body. The wider end has a small knob at the end with a wooden barb held in place with sinew and resin. The concave surface is decorated with incised parallel lines forming diamond shapes. The narrower end has a large ball of black resin. It was rubbed with red pigment.