Spear thrower

Photography Carl Warner

Registration number
2093
Item name
Spear thrower 
Category
Throwing
 
Indigenous name
tu:linga 
Maker
Unrecorded  
Associated cultural group
 
Place
Australia > Australia > Queensland > Cape York region > Aurukun
Map
Collector
Miss Ursula H. McConnel 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1950 
Acquisition method
Donated by Miss Ursula H. McConnel 
Raw material
ironwood, shell (Melo amphora), resin, orchid vine
Dimensions
H: W: 100 mm L: 810 mm D: Circum:

Description

Carved wood spear thrower, tapering to both ends. At one end is a pair of white shells held together by resin, 90mm long x 60mm wide; at the other end there is a small round wooden piece, 70mm long and 15mm diameter, with a notch towards the unfixed end. Both the shells and wooden piece are attached to the main body by resin overwrapped with yellow orchid vine. One one side are the words in black: 'Gulf of Carpentaria, No 24, U H McConnell.'

Research notes

Spear thrower made c. 1930. Original catalogue record lists the collection location as Archer River.

From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'written on the body' curated by Judy Watson and Diana Young, March - August 2014.

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