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Title

Yirrkala story

1961


Artist

Mawalan Marika

Australia

circa 1908 - 26 Nov 1967

Language group

Rirratjingu, Arnhem region


About

On the other side of Melville Bay a man, Murruma, was killed by some men in a fight. Three of his brothers have buried him in the grave and now they are dancing with the women for him. When the finished dancing they decide to go and finish a log and they put his bones inside it and now six men have carried the log to another place and the women are crying for him and the men dance while the music is played – the clay sticks and the didgeridoo. After they have finished dancing around the log they find his sacred dilly bag and all of the people dance and sing around this. The bag is made from string from a tree. The birds have pulled the end of the string and it is frayed.

[Art Centre documentation attached to the verso of the bark]


Details


Date

1961


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

167.0 x 67.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Mollie Gowing 1980


Location

Not on display


Accession number

25.1980


Artist information

Mawalan Marika

Artist profile

Works in the collection

16


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

Bibliography


Edmund Capon, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 48 (colour illus.).

Barry Pearce., Older Australian masters: an exhibition of works by major Australian artists executed in the later years of their careers, 'Preface', Sydney, 1991, (illus.). not paginated, no catalogue numbers

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Mollie Gowing: celebration of a passionate and generous enthusiast', pg. 28-29, Sydney, Dec 2006-Jan 2007, 28 (colour illus.).