Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fire making kit
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • fire making kit, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • wood, burning
  • Object Length/Width: 30 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 11 3/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4020.a

The stick has been split for a portion of its length with a small piece of wood wedged between. There are two diagonal grooves near the end.

Dry leaves are placed under the kit, and sparks are generated by friction of pulling bamboo strips called (ipusia) across the wood. Only men make fire.