Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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washing stick
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • washing stick, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • wood, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Diameter: 65 x 3 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 25 9/16 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3702

The light colored wooden rod has rounded ends. There are two sets of incised lines at one end.

It was used for washing clothes.