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Pintupi spearthrower


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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