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Title

Wagilag sisters story

circa 1955


Artist

Yilkari Kitani

Australia

1891 - 1956

Language group

Liyagalawumirr, Arnhem region


About

Tjam Yilkari Kitani held the authority for the Wägilak sisters ceremonial cycle until his death in 1956 and is widely recognised for laying the foundation for how the sisters are depicted in artworks by Liyagalawumirr artists. His use of a form of figurative visual language to capture the main protagonists and events associated with the sisters directly influenced the work of his nephew Dawidi and son Paddy Dhathangu, who subsequently inherited responsibility for the Wägilak sisters.


Details


Other Title

Wauwalag sisters myth


Date

circa 1955


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

63.7 x 36.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA2.1962


Artist information

Yilkari Kitani

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history