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Title

Men's business


Artist

Fiona Foley

Australia

20 Mar 1964 -

Language group

Badtjala, North-east region


About

Records a 'Marndiella or boy's initiation ceremony at Ramingining in December 1986 when just before dawn the dancers set fire to leaves attached to their legs. The drawing shows the track of the moon at the bottom, a curved live of spectators frames the initiates (who are under a blanket), the line of dancers represent the Wititj (python), the conical hats work by the dancers represent the Wagilag sisters’ dog.

Fiona Foley, the artist


Details


Place where the work was made

Queensland Australia


Date

1987


Media category

Drawing


Materials used

crayon, charcoal


Dimensions

55.0 x 78.8 cm image / sheet


Signature & date

Signed and dated l.r. corner, pencil "F. L. Foley 87".


Credit

Purchased 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

64.1988


Artist information

Fiona Foley

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Queensland

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Ben Gennochio, Fiona Foley: Solitaire, 'Pastels and politics', pg. 70-93, Annandale, 2001, 2-3 (colour illus., detail), 74 (colour illus.), 76.

Ben Gennochio, Fiona Foley: Invisible voices, Bundaberg, 2000, 12, 13 (colour illus.). cat.no. 1 or 2 (not specified)