Spearthrower

Production date
1998
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Description
Painted spearthrower
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spearthrower
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Measurements
780mm
Media/Materials description
Wood, paint, wax and seeds
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 a local Townsville artist, under the pseudonym KJDA.

Russell Butler, an Elder of the Bandjin and Warrgamay people of the Hinchinbrook Island region, collected the item in the 1980s and later sold a small collection of items to the Queensland Museum Network in 1999, for the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibition held at the Museum of Tropical Queensland (2000-2005).
Registration number
QE12539

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