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Title

Dreaming before a circumcision

(circa 1959)

Artist

Bob Bilinyara

Australia

circa 1915 - 1975

Language group

Djinang, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    (circa 1959)
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    61.0 x 36.5 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    IA42.1959
    Copyright
    © Bilinyara Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artist Agency Ltd, Sydney.

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  • About

    Bob Bilinyara was central to the group of artists working in Milingimbi in the 1950s. Like Makani he later resided in Maningrida, where he played a leading role mentoring younger artists, and also at Nangalala. He was among the group of Yolngu men enlisted as part of Donald Thompson’s Special Reconnaissance Unit, charged with protecting Australia’s northern coastline during the later stages of World War II. Bilinyara was also a respected surgeon; in this work, he gives figurative form to those involved in an initiation ceremony.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Milingimbi

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

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