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Title

Jabiru

circa 1960s


Artist

Greg Ullungurra

Australia

Language group

Tiwi


About

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


Details


Place where the work was made

Melville Island Northern Territory Australia


Cultural origin

Tiwi Islands


Date

circa 1960s


Media category

Sculpture


Materials used

carved and painted ironwood


Dimensions

87.0 x 14.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Harry Messel 1990


Location

Not on display


Accession number

131.1990


Artist information

Greg Ullungurra

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Melville Island

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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