< Back

A Fine Old Australian Aboriginal Boomerang West Australia19th Century

Enquire About This Artworks >
Collection No. SOLD
Size (45cm)
New Guinea & Oceanic Art
New Guinea Oceanic Art

A Fine Old Australian Aboriginal Boomerang West Australia dating from the 19th Century

Of good form and finely incised on both sides

An iconic symbol of Aboriginal culture, the boomerang is the most familiar of all Aboriginal art forms. Created by many, but not all, Aboriginal peoples, boomerangs served a variety of purposes. The best-known type was the returning boomerang, which was made in parts of southeastern and western Australia. Most, however, were non-returning. Employed primarily in hunting and warfare, boomerangs were specialized throwing sticks, designed to strike the target and fall to the ground. In hunting, they usually served to incapacitate the prey, allowing the hunter to catch the animal, which was killed with spears or other weapons. Primarily projectiles, in some areas, boomerangs were also general-purpose tools, serving, as needed, as knives, digging sticks, or fire-making implements. Some types were, and continue to be, used as musical instruments, clapped together to provide a rhythmic accompaniment for song and dance performances.

Provenance: Ex Holt Collection & The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic & Aboriginal Art