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Spearthrower

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Description

This object is one of large collection the Museum acquired from Patricia Heath in 1982. She had had the collection for more than twenty years. Analysis of the handwriting on some labels associated with the collection suggests that many of these objects were originally collected by John Francis Connelly (1860-1928), a prominent surveyor in Western Australia. Collections of Aboriginal material acquired by Connelly are also held in the Field Museum, Chicago and the Bishop Museum in Hawaii.

Physical description

Elongated triangular wooden spearthrower with adze marks on its pigmented posterior surface. A wooden peg is attached at an angle to the distal end with adhesive. The proximal end is tapering, flat, and narrow with a knob of adhesive. The anterior surface is incised with a design featuring chevrons and spiral circles.

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