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A Rare Boomerang, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia

Property from an American Private Collection

A Rare Boomerang, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia

A Rare Boomerang, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia

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Property from an American Private Collection


A Rare Boomerang, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia


Carved hardwood

25 ⅝ in (65.1 cm)

In good condition overall, with a natural, shiny patina. There appears to be a small area (approximately 12 mm by 7 mm) to the lower proper left edge that may have been restored. Has a stand.


In response to your inquiry, we are pleased to provide you with a general report of the condition of the property described above. Since we are not professional conservators or restorers, we urge you to consult with a restorer or conservator of your choice who will be better able to provide a detailed, professional report. Prospective buyers should inspect each lot to satisfy themselves as to condition and must understand that any statement made by Sotheby's is merely a subjective qualified opinion.

NOTWITHSTANDING THIS REPORT OR ANY DISCUSSIONS CONCERNING CONDITION OF A LOT, ALL LOTS ARE OFFERED AND SOLD "AS IS" IN ACCORDANCE WITH THE CONDITIONS OF SALE PRINTED IN THE CATALOGUE.

Reportedly collected in the Great Sandy Desert in the 1920s
Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Melbourne
American Private Collection, acquired from the above
This boomerang is of an extremely rare and unusual form with its protrusion extending below the central arch. It was reputedly collected in the Great Sandy Desert of Western Australia in the 1920s. There is a somewhat related example with a similarly carved protrusion extending at the top of the arch in the collection of the South Australian Museum; that example was collected in Central Australia in 1909.