Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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set of fire sticks
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • set of fire sticks, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: SOUTH-CENTRAL Australia, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Length: a 36 cm
    Object Length: a 14 1/8 in
    Object Length: b 39.5 cm
    Object Length: b 15 1/2 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3726.a,b

The pair of sticks was used to make fire. One stick (2007.3726.a) is a straight wooden rod, rubbed with red pigment. The other stick (2007.3726.b) is a wooden rod, also rubbed with red pigment, but it has four divots at one end.