We acknowledge the Gadigal of the Eora Nation, the traditional custodians of the Country on which the Art Gallery of NSW stands.

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Timbu wara

Find this spirit figure.

This spirit figure would have been worn on the heads of male dancers in a special ceremony that asked powerful spirits to help nature grow.

Imagine what it would be like to dance with such a large sculpture on your head. Would you have to hold it to keep it from wobbling?

Spot the woven fibres and colours. What animal shape does it remind you of? Do you have a favourite animal?

Design your own animal-shaped spirit figure sculpture.