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: Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 50 x 6.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 19 5/8 x 2 1/2 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3708

The long, narrow piece of wood, is rounded at the ends. One end has a hole. The flat side is decorated with irregular shapes of incised parallel lines. It was rubbed with pigment.