This is an image of kun-madj, a small woven collecting basket, very finely made. These bags are often made from Pandanus spiralis, a plant which grows in many areas of Arnhem Land. The bags are used to collect sugarbag, the native honey.
As well as being of practical use, dilly bags are also of religious significance to Arnhem Land people. Dilly bags are said to be totemic objects and associated with particular sites in the landscape. For example in the Kurulk clan country there is one kun-madj site close to Milmilngkan.
© Maningrida Arts & Culture 2004
etching, 'Maningrida brown' ink on white BFK Rives Moulin du Gué wove paper
24.9 x 19.7 cm platemark; 50.2 x 32.9 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date
Signed l.r. 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 Viscopy, Sydney
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