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 Territory, Australia
  • wood, pigment, carving, incising
  • Object Length/Width: 42.5 x 5.5 cm
    Object Length/Width: 16 3/4 x 2 1/8 in
  • Gift of Karl F. Baldwin
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3709

The narrow piece of wood has a rounded end and a more pointed end. One side is incised with irregular shapes of parallel lines and rubbed with red pigment. The other side is decorated with square outlines in black. There is no hole at either end.