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Title

Mardayin design

2004


Artist

John Mawurndjul

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region


About

This work by the artist concerns a major patrimoiety ceremony of a secret and sacred nature called 'Mardayin'. Much of the meaning of the iconography in the print is not in the domain of public knowledge and so it cannot be explained in detail here.

The etching refers to a site, Kakodbebuldi, which is an outstation in Dangkorlo clan estate in the Mann River region. Kakodbebuldi is a Mardayin ceremony performance site and is located on a large billabong covered in waterlillies. This place is about 50km south of Maningrida in Central North Arnhem Land.

© Maningrida Arts & Culture 2004


Details


Date

2004


Media category

Print


Materials used

etching, 'Maningrida brown' ink on white BFK Rives Moulin du Gué wove paper


Edition

6/20


Dimensions

25.0 x 24.7 cm platemark; 50.2 x 32.5 cm sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "JOHNNY". Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2005


Location

Not on display


Accession number

4.2005.3


Artist information

John Mawurndjul

Artist profile

Works in the collection

26


Place

Where the work was made
Maningrida

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history