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An image of Kun-madj by John Mawurndjul

John Mawurndjul

(Australia 1952 – )

Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region
Title
Kun-madj
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

24.9 x 19.7 cm platemark; 50.2 x 32.9 cm sheet (irreg.)

Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "JOHNNY". Not dated.
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2005
Accession number
4.2005.6
Copyright
© John Mawurndjul/Maningrida Arts and Culture. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Exhibition history (1)

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