This is a beautiful example of an Australian Aboriginal Tiwi throwing club. The Tiwi are located on Bathurst and Melville Island just off the north coast of Darwin. The throwing stick or club is considered by some a precursor to the boomerang, which was not used in all parts of the continent. It was used in warfare and in hunting and was hurled with considerable force. It is capable of breaking limbs. A stick that turned over and over in flight created a wider path of destruction and was more likely to strike a man or animal than a spear. The Tiwi clubs or short hard wood weapons used for ceremonial purposes as well as being able to be thrown with great accuracy up to 20 yards. This example was collected circa 1960's it is beautifully fluted and painted with a very simple but striking design Length 17 inches Width 1.5 inches Length 44 cm Width 3 cm
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