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Collection

Lena Kuriniya

(Australia circa 1939 – 2003)

Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region
Title
Djendek (sand palm)
Other titles:
Pandanus mat
Place of origin
ManingridaCentral Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
1999
Media category
Print
Materials used
etching, black ink on white wove paper
Edition
10/20
Dimensions

49.1 x 32.3 cm platemark; 71.5 x 53.9 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "X". Not dated.
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2004
Accession number
214.2004
Location
Not on display
Further information

The artist has depicted a djendek or sand palm (Livistona humilis). The palm heart is a popular food when the palm is still very young - the palm is cut down at the top and the juicy, inner heart peeled out. It has a sweet taste. The djendek leaves are also stripped of their outer layers, and then dyed and used in weaving.

from Hetti Perkins et al., 'Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004

Bibliography (1)

Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 151 (colour illus.), 224.

Exhibition history (1)

Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004