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An image of Untitled (Mardayin design) by Yirawala


(Australia 1903 – 17 Apr 1976)

Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region
Untitled (Mardayin design)
Other titles:
Sacred and Secret Maraian Ceremony
The bones
Place of origin
Western Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
early 1970s
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

76.2 x 46.4 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Qantas 1996
Accession number
© Estate of Yirawala. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Not on display
Further information

This work represents the sacred Maraian Ceremony of the Kunwinjku clan of Western Arnhem Land.

Bibliography (2)

Deborah Edwards, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘Histories in the making: Aboriginal Art and modernism’, pg. 51-63, Sydney, 2007, 60 (colour illus.).

Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 36 (colour illus., right image), 231.

Exhibition history (2)

Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004

One sun, one moon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jul 2007–02 Dec 2007

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