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Title

Niwuda (Yirritja honey)

circa 1960

Artist

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

Australia

1928 - 1982

Language group

Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Titles
    Jiridja honey bee
    Yirritja Honey Bee Design (Niwuda)
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    circa 1960
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    102.9 x 25.1 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    IA47.1960
    Copyright
    © Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

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    Binyinyuwuy celebrates the communal joy associated with collecting sugarbag (wild honey) in 'Niwuda (Yirritja honey)' c1960. This intricate bark painting, consisting of diamond-patterned designs painted with brilliant ochres, refers to the Gupapuyngu Daygurrgurr clan of Binyinyuwuy’s mother. The hive is ingeniously depicted, with the variations in colour referring to the honeycomb filled with honey, wax, pollen, dead bees and debris. The black circle and pointed cone represent the built-up opening of the hive, while also referring to sacred objects made of painted and decorated wood or rolled paperbark bound with string, to signify honey in ceremony.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Milingimbi

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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