Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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digging stick
  • unknown Ipili-Payala maker
  • digging stick, late 1800s–1967
  • Where object was made: Lagaip, Papua New Guinea
  • wood
  • Object Length/Width: 80 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 31 1/2 x 1 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.4017
Label Text

The light natural colored stick has a sharp end for digging and a flat tapered end for shoveling.

It was primarily used by women, the pointed end for digging, the wider end for shoveling.