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Title

Mardayin at Mukkamukka

2004


Artist

John Mawurndjul

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region


About

This work by Mawurndjul concerns a major patrimoiety ceremony of a secret and sacred nature called Mardayin. Mukkamukka is the name for a large area of land around the Mann River about 50km south of Maningrida. It encompasses Mawurndjul's mother's country and a large chain of billabongs in lowlands surrounding the Mann River. The etching refers to Mukkamukka which is in the Dangkorlo clan estate in the Mann River region. In one small billabong is the Mardayin ceremony sacred site. Mawurndjul considers Mukkamukka to be the most important Mardayin sacred site in the region. Some elements of the design are abstract references to components of the ceremony.

© 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

29.9 x 12.4 cm platemark; 38.1 x 29.2 cm sheet (irreg.)


Signature & date

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


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2005


Location

Not on display


Accession number

4.2005.5


Artist information

John Mawurndjul

Artist profile

Works in the collection

26


Place

Where the work was made
Maningrida

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history