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Title

Dumabiyandangwa - Kestrel

1948


Artist

attrib. Mangangina Wurramara

Australia

1919 - 1984

Language group

Warnindilyakwa, Arnhem region


About

The sea-eagle, iniwakada (Haliastur Indus), starting from Wunda-wunda, near Bennett Bay, was flying towards Groote Eylandt when, at Anabura-madja just off the south-east corner of Bickerton Island, he saw and caught a garfish, maracuru. The sea-eagle carried the garfish first to Bartalumba Point, then southward along the western coast of Groote Eylandt to Neira-madja, on the lower south-east corner. After the sea-eagle has eaten the fish he collected many sticks, and built himself a nest on a cliff. Today that nest is a pillar of rock many feet in height. The eagle went to sleep at Imuakada, then woke up and, when soaring in the sky, saw the garfish, maracuru, caught and ate it. Although the white feathers on the neck and rump of the sea-eagle are indicated, the wings of this large eagle are given little emphasis. The markings on the body indicate the feathers.

[Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol.1: Art, myth and symbolism', pg. 69]


Details


Other Titles

Sea eagle Kestrel

Dumabiyandangwa (kestrel)


Place where the work was made

Groote Eylandt Northern Territory Australia


Date

1948


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

40.7 x 68.6 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9262


Artist information

attrib. Mangangina Wurramara

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Groote Eylandt

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Jonathan Jones, Mountford Gifts: Works from the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948, 'Mountford Gifts: Works from the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948', pg. 1-5, Sydney, 2009, 3.

Charles P Mountford (Editor), Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1: Art, myth and symbolism, Melbourne, 1956, 69 (illus.). plate no. 21B

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 21. cat.no. 43; titled 'Sea Eagle'

Margo Neale, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 22, 23 (colour illus.), 139.