Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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set of fire sticks and tinder
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • set of fire sticks and tinder, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: Kimberley, Western Australia, Australia
  • wood, plant fiber, carving
  • Object Length: a 57.5 cm
    Object Length: a 22 5/8 in
    Object Length: b 66.5 cm
    Object Length: b 26 1/8 in
    Object Length: c 12 cm
    Object Length: c 4 3/4 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3932.a,b,c

The set of two straight sticks is meant to be rubbed together and there is a bundle of plant fiber to act as tinder.
2007.3932.a has three divots at one end for rubbing together.
2007.3932.b is the slightly longer stick.
2007.3932.c is the paper-like plant fiber currently tied around the sticks together.