Paint brush made and used by Wuluwirr (circa 1920 - circa 1940), a son of the legendary Yolngu leader Wonggu Munungurr. Wuluwirr produced a bark painting for Donald Thomson over a few days in July 1935. Thomson noted that Wuluwirr made the brush by fraying the end of a short stick and then used it to do a "bark drawing". This is one of a set of brushes collected by Donald Thomson that were made and used to produce bark paintings for him during his time in northeast Arnhem Land. These types of paint brushes made from simple sticks frayed at one end, with feathers or with strands of human hair, were used by Yolngu artists to make fine lines.

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A small thin stick with a frayed end.

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