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Title

Mardayin design


Artist

John Mawurndjul

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region


About

This work by Mawurndjul concerns a major patrimoeity ceremony of a secret and sacred nature called Mardayin. Much of the meaning of the iconography in the print is not in the domain of public knowledge and so it cannot be explained in detail here.

The image refers to a site at Mumeka, which is an outstation in the artist's clan estate in the Mann River region. The Mardayin ceremony performance site is located on a large billabong covered in waterlillies. This place is about 50km south of Maningrida in Central North Arnhem Land.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Details


Date

2004


Media category

Print


Materials used

hard-ground etching, black ink on white wove Velin Arches 250gsm paper


Edition

25/30


Dimensions

64.0 x 34.5 cm platemark; 76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "JOHNNY". Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2004


Location

Not on display


Accession number

169.2004


Artist information

John Mawurndjul

Works in the collection

26


Place

Where the work was made
Maningrida

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 153 (illus.), 226.