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Title

Niwuda (Yirritja honey)

circa 1960


Artist

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

Australia

1928 - 1982

Language group

Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region


About

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.


Details


Other Titles

Jiridja honey bee

Yirritja Honey Bee Design (Niwuda)


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


Artist information

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

Artist profile

Works in the collection

15


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Emily Joyce Evans and Falk Wolf, Remembering forward: Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960, 'Bark paintings', pg. 102-123, Cologne, 2010, 106 (colour illus.). cat.no. 46

Tony Tuckson, Christopher Hodges and Helen Eager, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 39 (colour illus.).

Ken Watson, Tradition today: Indigenous art in Australia, 'Binyinyuwuy', pg. 30, Sydney, 2004, 30, 31 (colour illus.).

A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999.