Summary

The spearthrower is one of three types used by men in eastern Arnhem Land. It is used to propel spears and is the type always carried by men including in ceremony. It is painted on both sides with totemic figures using natural pigments.

Physical Description

A wooden spearthrower painted with natural pigments. A wooden peg is secured with resin at the distal end.

Local Name

mangal

Significance

This spearthrower was part of the collection of Lindsay Walker, who obtained it in 1959 from Mrs Saunders. The number 768 is written on the blade but it is unclear to which collection this number refers.

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