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Title

Wurrpan (emu)

circa 1950s


Artist

Buranday Waynbarrnga

Australia

circa 1914 - 1980

Language group

Djambarrpuyngu, Arnhem region


About

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.


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

61 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA25.1962


Artist information

Buranday Waynbarrnga

Artist profile

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Central Arnhem Land

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 8 publications

Bibliography


John Mundine and Renée Porter, Art Gallery of New South Wales handbook, 'Aboriginal and Melanesian', pg. 57-71, Sydney, 1988, 63 (colour illus.).

Margie West, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘Woven meaning: The continuity of Aboriginal fibre art’, pg. 271-275, Sydney, 2007, 270 (colour illus.).

Jonathan Cooper (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin, Sydney, Oct 1994-Nov 1994, 36 (colour illus.).

Margo Neale, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 99 (colour illus.), 100, 136, 139. plate no. 47

Margo Neale, Yiribana, Sydney, 1994, 15 (colour illus.).

Edmund Capon and Jan Meek (Editors), Portrait of a Gallery, 'Tribal Galleries', pg. 42-47, Sydney, 1984, 44 (colour illus.).

Jonathan Cooper (Editor), The Art Gallery of New South Wales Bulletin, 'Yiribana Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Gallery', pg. 6-9, Sydney, Apr 1995-May 1995, 9 (colour illus.).

Hetti Perkins and Ken Watson, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999, 3, 4 (colour illus.).