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Four Early Hooked Boomerangs, Northern Territory of Australia


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Collection No. TB- Coll Hooked Boomerangs
Size Height; 71 – 74cm
Four Early Hooked Boomerangs, Northern Territory of Australia
Four Early Hooked Boomerangs, Northern Territory of Australia

These beautiful old boomerangs are each carved from a single piece of hardwood, they are finely incised with fluting on the front surface and with traces of ochre painting, the back of the boomerangs are all finely adzed with traditional tools.  Hooked boomerangs were non returning boomerangs , they were used to kill multiple birds when thrown into a dense flock. Boomerangs are multi-purpose tools that are used for hunting and could be wielded as clubs, used for digging, used to start friction fires, and as a musical instrument when two are struck together during ceremonial dancing.  With the dramatic hooked finial they also look like an abstracted bird and the four together look amazing  as pure forms.

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