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Title

Kun-madj


Artist

John Mawurndjul

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region


About

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


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

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

4.2005.6


Artist information

John Mawurndjul

Works in the collection

26


Place

Where the work was made
Maningrida

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history