A rare and early spear-thrower woomera– early 19th Century. Australian Aborigine, collected in the Murray River region 1830-1840.
The subtly curved body of the thrower has a hand grip of gum and at the opposite end a wood peg attached with gum and fibre.
Provenance: From the collection of the Mariners Museum, Norfolk, Virginia, USA. This museum had a fine collection of early artefacts brought back from the Pacific by Yankee whalers. Sold at Sotheby’s New York, 20 January 1982. From 1982 the collection of Leo and Lillian Fortress in Hawaii.
The old label of the Mariners Museum reads:
“Wummerah” or “Midah”
used for throwing the spear
Called by the Colonists
Murray River – Australia”
Murray River artefacts of this early period are very rare outside Australian museums.