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: Ooldea, South Australia, Australia
  • wood
  • Object Length/Width: a 31.5 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Width: a 12 3/8 x 1 15/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 43 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 16 7/8 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3593.a,b

The smaller, roughly hewn piece of wood (2007.3593.a) has two small holes near one end.

This is a branch from a tree, with a chunk roughly cut out of one side (2007.3593.b). It has eleven irregular grooves directly opposite the large chunk. There are burn marks at the crack that run across the grooves. A small amount of bark remains.