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Title

Yirrinkiri Jilamara, from Duyfken: The Aboriginal Print Portfolio

2006


Artist

Pedro Wonaeamirri

Australia

22 Jul 1974 -

Language group

Tiwi, North region


About

This limited edition print portfolio was produced in July 2006 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Dutch-Australian relations. Sponsored by Rabobank, the portfolio was produced by the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

The title of the portfolio is drawn from the name of the first Dutch ship to land on Australian shores, the Duyfken or Little Dove. A vessel of the Dutch East India Company, the Duyfken landed on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula in March 1606 and Captain William Janszoon and his men went ashore. The portfolio is based on the notion of 'first encounters' to highlight this little known fact.

The Duyfken portfolio brings together 10 Indigenous artists from across the country with diverse art practices, resulting in an important collection of works that explore the notion of 'first encounters' in a number of ways and shed light on the exchanges that took place with a number of countries prior to colonisation.

The documentation for this print states:

"This is a design from our Pukumani burial ceremonies: it is the pattern we paint on 'tutini' or grave posts. We have conducted these ceremonies for centuries, well before the Dutch first came to Melville Island 300 years ago. It is hard for us to imagine how far those first Dutch sailors had to travel to get here, but when they got here my people were already doing Pukumani".


Details


Place where the work was made

Melville Island Northern Territory Australia


Date

2006


Media category

Print


Materials used

lithograph, red, orange and black ink on Velin Arches 200gsm white wove paper


Edition

35/50


Dimensions

60.0 x 45.0 cm platemark; 76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet


Credit

Gift of Rabobank Australia Ltd 2007


Location

Not on display


Accession number

204.2007.10


Artist information

Pedro Wonaeamirri

Artist profile

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Melville Island

Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Duyfken, Netherlands, 2006, (colour illus.). Commemorative brochure, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

Anne Virgo (Editor), Australian Print Workshop bulletin, 'Duyfken Folio', pg. 4, Fitzroy, 2007.