Spear thrower

Description
Notes from a research visit by Gaye Sculthorpe, Curator of Oceanic Collections at the British Museum, 8-9/07/2015:

This is a very old specimen from Western Australia, south-west Western Australia. A wood peg is attached with resin. Its handle has a large piece of spinifex resin attached. The upper side has a split that has been repaired with resin and appears to have red ochre upon it. Likely 19th century.
Accession Loan No.
110/1931/11b
Collection Class
Arms and armour
Common Name
spear thrower
Simple Name
spear thrower
Full Name
spear thrower
Dimensions
whole length 585 mm; whole width 118 mm; whole width 20 mm
Period Classification
Victorian (1837-1901)
Production Country
Australia
Production Area Region
Australia and New Zealand
Production Continent
Oceania
Family Group

Material
wood; gum
Function Name
weapon
Collector / Excavator
Rowan, HB, Mrs

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