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Title

Jabiru

circa 1960s

Artist

Greg Ullungurra

Australia

Language group: Tiwi

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Melville Island Northern Territory Australia
    Cultural origin
    Tiwi Islands
    Date
    circa 1960s
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    carved and painted ironwood
    Dimensions
    87.0 x 14.0 cm
    Credit
    Gift of Harry Messel 1990
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    131.1990
    Copyright
    © Greg Ullungarra
    Artist information
    Greg Ullungurra

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    Carved representations of this huge-beaked swamp bird derive from graveside poles. The painted design, although held in this case to represent the bird’s feathers, is typical of the decorative panelling which is applied to some poles. The material is ironwood, favoured as the medium for poles because of its extreme hardness and resistance to deterioration in the tropical elements.
    Harry Messel

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Melville Island

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication