A Fine Old Hooked Boomerang, Northern Territory Australia, Early 20th C
A Fine Old Hooked Boomerang, Northern Territory Australia, Early 20th Century
This beautiful old boomerang is carved from a single piece of hardwood, it is finely incised with fluting on the front surface and with traces of ochre painting, the back of the boomerang is 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, this boomerang looks like an abstracted bird of pure form.
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic & Aboriginal Art