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Title

Wagilag sisters story

circa 1955

Artist

Yilkari Kitani

Australia

1891 - 1956

Language group

Liyagalawumirr, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Title
    Wauwalag sisters myth
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    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
    Copyright
    © Tjam Yilkari. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Milingimbi

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Lindy Allen and Louise Hamby, Art from Milingimbi, Sydney, 2016, 119 (colour illus.), 142.