Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • throwing-stick, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Victoria, Australia
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 70 x 4.5 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 27 1/2 x 1 3/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3921

The spear thrower is made from wood. The handle end is cylindrical and it flattens above the handle and tapers toward the end. The end has a hook slightly set in from the pointed end. The flat surface is decorated with incised triangles and leaf-like designs. The surface opposite the flat surface is incised with cross hatching and four "H" shapes left undecorated.