Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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fish cleaning stick
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • fish cleaning stick, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving
  • Object Length/Width/Depth: 64.5 x 2.5 x 2.5 cm
    Object Length/Width/Depth: 25 3/8 x 1 x 1 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3931

The slight curved piece of wood has a cylindrical handle that is about half the total length and a flattened and pointed end that is the other half. The flattened end is notched along one side. It is colored red. The notched end is decorated with three groups of yellow stripes.