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Title

Sacred dance ground of the Mungalili (Manggalilji) group

circa 1960


Artist

Nanyin Maymuru

Australia

circa 1914 - 1969

Language group

Manggalili, Arnhem region


About

Artist/origin: Mungalili (Manggalilji) group, Brailung (Burilung?) clan, jiridja moiety, mainland near Groote Eylandt, Yirrkala, Arnhem Land

Six men came across the sea in two canoes, catching a great number of fish. On arriving at land they cooked and ate the fish and then declared the area should be a sacred dance ground of the group. Two huts on either side were made to house men to guard the sacred place. Four scrub turkeys and four cormorants, types of birds which often visit the site, are shown. In the lower section is a ceremony taking place.

The painting also tells the story of Bamapana, the legendary trickster hero who commited asocial acts. In this case, he has killed a girl, his gurrong, and hung her up in a tree (shown lower right).


Details


Date

circa 1960


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

130.3 x 53.3 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA38.1960


Artist information

Nanyin Maymuru

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
North-east Arnhem Land

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

Bibliography


Edmund Capon, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 36 (colour illus.).

Emily Joyce Evans and Falk Wolf, Remembering forward: Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960, 'Bark paintings', pg. 102-123, Cologne, 2010, 110 (colour illus.). cat.no. 50