(Australia 1952 – )
24.9 x 19.7 cm platemark; 50.2 x 32.9 cm sheet (irreg.)
This is an image of kun-madj, a small woven collecting basket, very finely made. These bags are often made from Pandanus spiralis, a plant which grows in many areas of Arnhem Land. The bags are used to collect sugarbag, the native honey.
As well as being of practical use, dilly bags are also of religious significance to Arnhem Land people. Dilly bags are said to be totemic objects and associated with particular sites in the landscape. For example in the Kurulk clan country there is one kun-madj site close to Milmilngkan.
© Maningrida Arts & Culture 2004
The Dreamers (2009-10), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 May 2009–15 Aug 2010