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Title

Yirrkala story

1961

Artist

Mawalan Marika

Australia

circa 1908 - 26 Nov 1967

Language group

Rirratjingu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1961
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    167.0 x 67.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Mollie Gowing 1980
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    25.1980
    Copyright
    © Mawalan Marika. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    On the other side of Melville Bay a man, Murruma, was killed by some men in a fight. Three of his brothers have buried him in the grave and now they are dancing with the women for him. When the finished dancing they decide to go and finish a log and they put his bones inside it and now six men have carried the log to another place and the women are crying for him and the men dance while the music is played – the clay sticks and the didgeridoo. After they have finished dancing around the log they find his sacred dilly bag and all of the people dance and sing around this. The bag is made from string from a tree. The birds have pulled the end of the string and it is frayed.

    [Art Centre documentation attached to the verso of the bark]

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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