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A Fine Old First Australians Boomerang from Central Australia

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Collection No. T-1984
Size Length 60cm
New Guinea & Oceanic Art
The Art of Compassion The Todd Barlin Collection
New Guinea Oceanic Art

A Fine Old First Australians Boomerang from Central Australia

This beautiful old Boomerang was made by the Indigenous People of Central Australia. Finely carved from a single piece of hardwood and you can see the carver’s great skill in the finely adzed surface before he even carved in the beautiful designs. The designs consist of a central motif going from tip to tip branching off that is other motifs (on both sides of the boomerang ) these designs are also seen in contemporary Central Australian indigenous artists working on canvas.  The designs are ancient as the indigenous peoples of Australia.  The boomerang was also once coated with red ochre which traces remain.  This boomerang would date from the early to mid 29th Century and is in very good condition.  Boomerangs were hunting tools but were also used in important traditional ceremonies where the stories of the Ancient Ancestors told of how Boomerangs were given to people.

It comes on a fine custom-made stand that allows the boomerang to stand up independently and can display on a table where one can see both sides.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of New Guinea Oceanic Art