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Title

Djendek (sand palm)


Artist

Lena Kuriniya

Australia

circa 1939 - 2003

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region


About

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


Details


Other Title

Pandanus mat


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

214.2004


Artist information

Lena Kuriniya

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Maningrida

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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