- Registration number
- Item name
- Spear thrower
- Indigenous name
- Associated cultural group
- Australia > Australia > Queensland > Cape York region > Aurukun
- 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
- H: W: 100 mm L: 810 mm D: Circum:
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.'
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.