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Title

Milka (teredo worms in the mangroves)

circa 1950s


Artist

Tom Djawa

Australia

1905 - 23 Mar 1980

Language group

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region


About

The Yolngu scholar, Dr Gumbala explained in 2014 that Djäwa celebrates the ‘food that is gathered in mangroves, very champion and popular food … bush tucker’ in 'Milka (teredo worms in the mangroves)' c1950s. They were painted by Djäwa for his maternal mari, or grandmother, who belonged to the Wubulkarra clan nation. Derived from the pattern made by milka on a sacred log when they burrow into its timber, they are painted as a trail of diamonds, a unique, abstracted design that is mesmerising in its repetition. In the upper section of the work a bold yellow form dominates. This is reminiscent of the tail of the trevally fish and is representative of all mandjikay, all groups of people coming together.


Details


Other Title

Bark painting (Teredo worms in the mangroves)


Date

circa 1950s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

65.4 x 31.1 cm


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA3.1962


Artist information

Tom Djawa

Artist profile

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Emily Joyce Evans and Falk Wolf, Remembering forward: Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960, 'Bark paintings', pg. 102-123, Cologne, 2010, 107 (colour illus.), 118. cat.no. 47