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Title

Wurrpan (emu)

circa 1950s

Artist

Buranday Waynbarrnga

Australia

circa 1914 - 1980

Language group

Djambarrpuyngu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Alternative title
    Totemic emblem (Emu)
    Place where the work was made
    Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    circa 1950s
    Media category
    Sculpture
    Materials used
    natural pigments on paperbark, vegetable fibre string, beeswax, featherspainted decoration
    Dimensions
    52.0 x 10.0 x 10.0 cm 70.5 x 10.0 x 10.0 cm including stand
    Credit
    Purchased 1962
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    IA25.1962
    Copyright
    © Buranday. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    The spirited work 'Wurrpan (emu)' c1950s showcases Buranday’s skill with three-dimensional forms. Constructed from paperbark bound with handmade string it eloquently captures the character of an emu and is held by the dancer personifying the emu within the Wurrpan ceremony. Binyinyuwuy danced with such a sculpture at a Wurrpan ceremony in Milingimbi in the 1960s, as recorded by Alan Fidock, with Dawidi his hunter.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central Arnhem Land

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 9 publications

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