Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bull-roarer or churinga
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • bull-roarer or churinga, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: South Australia, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 60 x 8 cm
    Object Length/Width: 23 5/8 x 3 1/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3712

The long narrow piece of wood has a more sharply tapered end that has a hole. The more rounded end does not. The surface is decorated with irregular shapes filled with parallel lines. The back is textured. Both sides are rubbed with red pigment.