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Title

Dreaming before a circumcision

(circa 1959)


Artist

Bob Bilinyara

Australia

circa 1915 - 1975

Language group

Djinang, Arnhem region


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.


Details


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


Artist information

Bob Bilinyara

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

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