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Pintupi spearthrower

1957

Spearthrowers were commonly used by Aboriginal people in Central Australia. This example has special historical significance as it was collected by anthropologist Donald Thomson during an expedition to a remote corner of Central Australia in 1957.Explore this Object 
The 36 concentric circles that decorate the spearthrower actually comprise a map of the 36 waterholes of the area—essential knowledge in order to survive in that country.
Spearthrower (1957)



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