Spearthrower

Production date
Jan 1999-Jun 1999
Country
Australia
State/Province
Queensland
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Object detail

Description
Wooden spearthrower
Classification
CH classification INDIGENOUS CULTURES Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander spearthrower
Production date
Jan 1999-Jun 1999
Measurements
845
Media/Materials description
wattle, beeswax & resin. The peg is made from a rainforest hardwood.
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 in 1999 by Russell Butler, an Elder of the Bandjin and Warrgamay people of the Hinchinbrook Island region.

Russell later sold this item, along with several others, to the Queensland Museum Network, for the inaugural Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander exhibition held at the Museum of Tropical Queensland (2000-2005).
Registration number
QE13552

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