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Gurrpulu, flood plain at sunrise

circa 1950s


Buranday Waynbarrnga


circa 1914 – 1980

Language group: Djambarrpuyngu, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Bark painting (Mud flat at sunrise)
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    circa 1950s
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    60.3 x 31.1 cm
    Purchased 1962
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Buranday Waynbarrnga/Copyright Agency

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    Buranday Waynbarrnga

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  • About

    In 'Gurrpulu, flood plain at sunrise' c1950s Buranday captures the rising rays of the sun glistening in small pools of water that remain on the mud flats at low tide. The work refers to the plains area on the Napier Peninsula. Distinguishing this location as dawn breaks, Buranday alludes to both the time when ceremonies will conclude and the return of the morning star, accompanied by the souls of those recently departed, to the island of Burralku. This work showcases Buranday’s graphic line work and bold execution in brilliant but simple form.

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, ‘Buranday’, pg. 60-63, Sydney, 2016, 63 (colour illus.), 140.

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