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Title

Untitled (The High Totem - Birrkulda Ceremony)

circa 1960


Artist

Tom Djawa

Australia

1905 - 1980

Language group

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region


About

Tom Djawa was a senior leader of the Gupapuyngu clan and was among the group of artists, including Binyinyuwuy and Lipundja, working at Milingimbi from the late 1940s. These artists were actively painting their culture with the support of the mission, producing small jewel like bark paintings and some sculptural forms.
'Untitled (The High Totem - Birrkulda Ceremony)' is a unique work by Djawa, distinguished by it's larger scale and complex composition. The works refers to the Birrkulda (honey) ceremony, with the figures and objects seen in the work adorned with the diamond design synonymous with Birrkulda. The diamond cross-hatching depict the cells of the honey comb, and the cross hatching the wax.


Details


Cultural origin

Gupapuyngu


Date

circa 1960


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

157.0 x 65.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2013


Location

Not on display


Accession number

262.2013


Artist information

Tom Djawa

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi