Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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muswak (toothbrush stick)
  • unknown Hawazma maker
  • muswak (toothbrush stick), 1983–1984
  • Where object was made: Kadugli, Kurdufān (present-day Southern Kordofan), Sudan
  • wood
  • Object Length: 37.5 cm
    Object Length: 14 3/4 in
  • Museum purchase: KUEA Funds
  • Not on display
  • 2007.0320.01

This is an unmodified stick of a light-colored wood.

Each stick is to be chewed until the end is frazzled, and then it is used to clean the teeth. Made from wood with antiseptic properties.