This work by Mawurndjul concerns a major patrimoiety ceremony of a secret and sacred nature called Mardayin. Mukkamukka is the name for a large area of land around the Mann River about 50km south of Maningrida. It encompasses Mawurndjul's mother's country and a large chain of billabongs in lowlands surrounding the Mann River. The etching refers to Mukkamukka which is in the Dangkorlo clan estate in the Mann River region. In one small billabong is the Mardayin ceremony sacred site. Mawurndjul considers Mukkamukka to be the most important Mardayin sacred site in the region. Some elements of the design are abstract references to components of the ceremony.
© Maningrida Arts & Culture 2004
etching, 'Maningrida brown' ink on white BFK Rives Moulin du Gué wove paper
29.9 x 12.4 cm platemark; 38.1 x 29.2 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.l. beneath platemark, pencil "JOHNNY". Not dated.
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2005
Not on display
© John Mawurndjul/Maningrida Arts and Culture. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Where the work was made
Shown in 1 exhibition
The Dreamers (2009-10), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 09 May 2009–15 Aug 2010