Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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pair of clapsticks
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • pair of clapsticks, early 1900s–1968
  • Where object was made: Darwin, Northern Territory, Australia
  • wood, burning
  • Object Length/Diameter: a 33 x 4 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: a 13 x 1 9/16 in
    Object Length/Diameter: b 34 x 3.5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: b 13 3/8 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.2753.a,b

The two sticks have rounded, tapered ends. Each has two thick bands of many rows of dots. These bands are connected by two clusters of five rows of dots.