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Spear thrower
(mid 20th century)

bamboo, wood, cane
52.8 × 10.2 × 2.8 cm
Place/s of Execution
Sepik River, Papua New Guinea
Accession Number
Pacific Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased, 1965
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
Physical description
The thrower has one third of its length half cut away so that the spear shaft can rest in the notch at the end of the hollow and also lie along the hollow. At an inclined angle from the tube, an open wood carving of a crocodile and bird, rises high from the notch in the tube over the hollow, secured by 3 plaited cane circles, braced by 2 strips of cane.