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Physical description

A symmetrical wooden boomerang with ends that taper to a point. The anterior surface has bands of comb pattern incised lines and a plain surface to form a chequered pattern with opposed chevrons in centre vertical band. The design terminates with a double vertical incised line and the posterior surface features continuous incised fluting. The boomerang has black, white, red and yellow pigment traces.

Object information



  • Collector

  • Mr Thomas P. Hackney
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  • Mr T P Hackney purchased this object as part of a collection of Aboriginal artefacts from an auctioneer in Gilgandra, New South Wales, in 1918, and it was passed down through his family until it was acquired by the National Museum of Australia in 1983

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