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Collection

Greg Ullungurra

(Australia  – )

Language group
Tiwi, NO REGION SPECIFIED
Title
Jabiru
Place of origin
Melville IslandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Cultural origin
Tiwi Islands
Year
circa 1960s
Media category
Sculpture
Materials used
carved and painted ironwood
Dimensions

87.0 x 14.0 cm

Credit
Gift of Harry Messel 1990
Accession number
131.1990
Location
Not on display
Further information

Carved representations of this huge-beaked swamp bird derive from graveside poles. The painted design, although held in this case to represent the bird’s feathers, is typical of the decorative panelling which is applied to some poles. The material is ironwood, favoured as the medium for poles because of its extreme hardness and resistance to deterioration in the tropical elements.
Harry Messel

Bibliography (1)

Hetti Perkins and Ken Watson, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999, 7.

Exhibition history (1)

A material thing - Objects from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Aug 1998–09 Feb 1999