We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.


Lany'tjung - Barama & Gulparemun

circa 1960


Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu


circa 1907 – 12 Apr 1979

Language group: Gumatj, Arnhem region

Artist profile

  • Details

    Other Title
    Laindjung, Burruma and Gulparemun Lany'tjung Burruma and Gulparemun
    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    circa 1960
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    141.0 x 57.8 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

    Reproduction requests

    Artist information
    Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu

    Artist profile

    Works in the collection


  • About

    There are several clan versions of the Barama-Lany'tjung story. The most important Yirritja moiety ancestors, Barama (Banaidja) and Lany'tjung, emerged from the sacred waterhole in the river at Gangan. They were covered in patterns of mud and waterweeds. Lany'tjung gave language and law to each of the Yirritja clans of northeast Arnhem Land. This knowledge included clan songs, dances and ceremonial objects as well as designs to be painted on the body and the objects. Subsequently, while performing a Ngärra ceremony, Yirritja people called out the sacred name for fire causing the fire on the ceremonial ground to flare up and burn uncontrollably across a huge swathe of Arnhem Land. In the top panel Barama, Lany'tjung and Gulparemun, ancestral beings for the Yirritja moiety, are depicted. The lower panel shows, on the left, a hunter with spear and spear thrower and Yirritja animals which are also depicted on the right with five ceremonial figures.

    © Information provided by the artist

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

Other works by Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu

See all 16 works