This work by Mawurndjul concerns a major patrimoeity ceremony of a secret and sacred nature called Mardayin. Much of the meaning of the iconography in the print is not in the domain of public knowledge and so it cannot be explained in detail here.
The image refers to a site at Mumeka, which is an outstation in the artist's clan estate in the Mann River region. The Mardayin ceremony performance site is located on a large billabong covered in waterlillies. This place is about 50km south of Maningrida in Central North Arnhem Land.
© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004
hard-ground etching, black ink on white wove Velin Arches 250gsm paper
64.0 x 34.5 cm platemark; 76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet
Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "JOHNNY". Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2004
Not on display
© John Mawurndjul/Maningrida Arts and Culture. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Where the work was made
Shown in 2 exhibitions
Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004
The Dreamers (2009-10), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 May 2009–15 Aug 2010
Referenced in 1 publication
Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 153 (illus.), 226.