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Niwuda (Yirritja honey)

collected 1960


  • Details

    Other Titles
    Yirritja honey bee
    Yirritja Honey Bee design (Niwuda)
    Yirritja honey bee design
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    collected 1960
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
    74.5 x 35.0 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

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

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    Artist information
    Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

    Artist profile

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  • 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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

    • Edmund Capon AM, OBE, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 38 (colour illus.).

    • Djon Mundine, One sun one moon: Aboriginal art in Australia, ‘The concept of style in Central Arnhem Land’, pg. 99-104, Sydney, 2007, 98 (colour illus.).

    • Hetti Perkins and Ken Watson, A material thing - objects from the collection, Sydney, 1999.

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, ‘Binyinyuwuy’, pg. 44-59, Sydney, 2016, 53 (colour illus.), 140.

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