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Title

Mardayin at Milmilngkan

2004

Artist

John Mawurndjul AM

Australia

1952 -

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Maningrida Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    2004
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    hard-ground etching, black ink on white wove Velin Arches 250gsm paper
    Edition
    8/30
    Dimensions
    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.

    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 2004
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    170.2004
    Copyright
    © John Mawurndjul/Maningrida Arts and Culture. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    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 painting is not in the domain of public knowledge and so it cannot be explained in detail here.

    'Milmilngkan'
    "Yoh Milmilngkan maneh yina kunronj manekke mane yi-na. Ka-bo-bebme. Djal njamed 'spring'."
    Yes, this is the site at Milmilngkan and these represent water, you can see here. The water comes out [the little round dots are water/springs]. They are springs.

    "Kam-borrolkan Milmilngkan kunred but manekke njamed ka-karrme man-djimdjim spring kunronj kam-bobebme. Ngalyod might be kanjdiji mayh ka-yo ngalyod. Mani rarrk nga-bimbom. Kunred manekke. Kuning ka-yime bonj ka-borrohdolkan nga-nang boyen."
    The water comes out at Milmilngkan and there are springs there surrounded by water pandanus (Pandanus aquaticus) where the water comes out of the ground. This might be caused by rainbow serpents which live under the ground there. This is all cross-hatched here. The cross-hatching represents the country there. That's what happens there, I've recently seen the water coming up out of the ground there.

    NOTE: Milmilngkan is another of Mawurndjul's seasonal camps where he has a house there on the edge of a small creek.

    © Information provided by Maningrida Arts & Culture, 2004

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Maningrida

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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    Referenced in 1 publication

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