Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • churinga, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • wood, carving, pigment, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 46 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 18 1/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3937

The round wooden stick is slightly tapered at either end. It appears to have been covered with red pigment, but it has been worn away at one end. It is incised with concentric circles, connected by networks of lights and small clusters of three lines that look like bird feet.