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An image of Mardayin at Mukkamukka by John Mawurndjul

John Mawurndjul

(Australia 1952 – )

Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region
Title
Mardayin at Mukkamukka
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

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
Accession number
4.2005.5
Copyright
© John Mawurndjul/Maningrida Arts and Culture. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Exhibition history (1)

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