Spearthrower

Production date
1998
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Wooden spear thrower with animal and symbol engravings lightly coated with paint.
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spearthrower
Measurements
911mm
History and use
Spearthrowers have a handle at one end and a peg at the other, for holding the spear. They act as an extension of the throwers arm, increasing the speed and distance the spear travels. They vary in style, depending on local traditions, wood availability and the type of spear used.

This spearthrower was made by Russell Butler, an Elder of the Bandjin and Warrgamay people of the Hinchinbrook Island region.

Russell donated this item, along with a collection of other items, to the Queensland Museum Network in 1998, for the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibition held at the Museum of Tropical Queensland (2000-2005).
Registration number
QE12513

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