Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas

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  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • didgeridoo, mid 1900s
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • eucalyptus wood, pigment, resin
  • Object Length/Diameter: 86 x 5 cm
    Object Length/Diameter: 33 7/8 x 1 15/16 in
  • Betty Austin Hensley Flutes of the World
  • Not on display
  • 2016.0057

Drone instrument made from a long hollow tube of eucalyptus wood. One end is covered in a thick ring of dark brown resin. The exterior surface is painted in a dark reddish brown pigment, with designs also painted in white and yellow pigment around the center section. The decorated sections are painted in white, yellow and red crosshatching, and there are decorative elements of yellow spearheads, snakes, and pointed ovoids.