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An image of Niwuda - Yirritja honey bee by Binyinyuwuy


(Australia 1928 – 1982)

Language group
Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region
Niwuda - Yirritja honey bee
Other titles:
Yirritja honey bee
Yirritja Honey Bee design (Niwuda)
Yirritja honey bee design
Place of origin
MilingimbiCentral Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
collected 1960
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

74.5 x 35.0 cm (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Accession number
© Binyinyiwuy/Bula'Bula Arts. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

The diamond shape pattern represents a hive of bees showing cells, wax, eggs and young bees. The projection in the center section may be the entrance to the hive or a sacred post.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Bibliography (3)

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, 38 (colour illus.).

Djon Mundine, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘The concept of style in Central Arnhem Land’, pg. 99-104, Sydney, 2007, 98 (colour illus.).

Hetti Perkins and Ken Watson, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999.

Exhibition history (4)

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961

Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997

A material thing - Objects from the collection, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 31 Aug 1998–09 Feb 1999

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