Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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bull-roarer or churinga
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • bull-roarer or churinga, late 1800s–1944
  • Where object was made: northern Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 56 x 7.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 22 1/16 x 2 15/16 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3707

The flat, narrow piece of wood has one side that is incised with rows of diagonal lines, and blocks of parallel lines. It was rubbed with red pigment.

There is no hole at one end.