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An image of Mardayin design by John Mawurndjul

John Mawurndjul

(Australia 1952 – )

Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region
Title
Mardayin design
Place of origin
ManingridaCentral Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
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
Accession number
4.2005.3
Copyright
© John Mawurndjul/Maningrida Arts and Culture. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Exhibition history (1)

The Dreamers (2009-10), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 May 2009–15 Aug 2010