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Fish trap at Wandawuy



N Marawili


circa 1939 – 2023

Language group: Madarrpa, Arnhem region

Alternate image of Fish trap at Wandawuy by N Marawili
Alternate image of Fish trap at Wandawuy by N Marawili
  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Madarrpa, Yirrkala, Arnhem region
    Media categories
    Sculpture , Woodwork
    Materials used
    natural pigments on wood
    264.0 x 19.0 x 19.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Tony Gilbert Bequest Fund 2013
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Noŋgirrŋa Marawili courtesy Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Art Centre

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    Artist information
    N Marawili

    Works in the collection


  • About

    In recent years a strong group of female artists have emerged within the Yirrkala community. These women have been instructed in painting by their fathers and grandfathers and taught designs that have previously been the domain of men. Their works showcase the ongoing cultural inheritance and innovation in Yirrkala. Noŋgirrŋa Marawili is central to this group and spent many years assisting her husband with the cross-hatching on his works before working independantly on her own works.

    Her larrakitj 'Fishtrap at Wandawuy' 2013 depict the gridded fishtrap design associated with the freshwaters of the Djapu clan at Wandawuy. This outstation is surrounded by permanent freshwater and is associated with both Mäna, the ancestral shark and Bol’ŋu the thunderman. Rains inspired by the actions of Bol’ŋu feed the rivers and fill the billabongs, resulting in a rich sea life that is a home for mäna. The grid refers to the landscape of the site, a network of billabongs surrounded by ridges and high banks and also relates to the grid of a woven fish trap set here by ancestral hunters.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

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