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Title

Yirrinkiri Jilamara , from Duyfken: The Aboriginal Print Portfolio

2006

Artist

Pedro Wonaeamirri

Australia

22 Jul 1974 -

Language group

Tiwi, North region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Milikapiti (Snake Bay) Melville Island Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    2006
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    lithograph, red, orange and black ink on Velin Arches 200gsm white wove paper
    Edition
    35/50
    Dimensions
    60.0 x 45.0 cm platemark; 76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet
    Credit
    Gift of Rabobank Australia Ltd 2007
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    204.2007.10
    Copyright
    © Pedro Wonaeamirri, courtesy Jilamara Arts. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • About

    This limited edition print portfolio was produced in July 2006 to commemorate the 400th anniversary of Dutch-Australian relations. Sponsored by Rabobank, the portfolio was produced by the Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, in collaboration with the Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    The title of the portfolio is drawn from the name of the first Dutch ship to land on Australian shores, the Duyfken or Little Dove. A vessel of the Dutch East India Company, the Duyfken landed on the west coast of Cape York Peninsula in March 1606 and Captain William Janszoon and his men went ashore. The portfolio is based on the notion of 'first encounters' to highlight this little known fact.

    The Duyfken portfolio brings together 10 Indigenous artists from across the country with diverse art practices, resulting in an important collection of works that explore the notion of 'first encounters' in a number of ways and shed light on the exchanges that took place with a number of countries prior to colonisation.

    The documentation for this print states:

    "This is a design from our Pukumani burial ceremonies: it is the pattern we paint on 'tutini' or grave posts. We have conducted these ceremonies for centuries, well before the Dutch first came to Melville Island 300 years ago. It is hard for us to imagine how far those first Dutch sailors had to travel to get here, but when they got here my people were already doing Pukumani".

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, Duyfken, Netherlands, 2006, (colour illus.). Commemorative brochure, Embassy of the Kingdom of the Netherlands.

    • Anne Virgo (Editor), Australian Print Workshop bulletin, 'Duyfken Folio', pg. 4, Fitzroy, 2007.

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