Mulkun Wirrpanda - Birrkuda - 76 x 34 cm - 3622L (sold)

Mulkun Wirrpanda - Birrkuda - 76 x 34 cm - 3622L
Mulkun Wirrpanda - Birrkuda - 76 x 34 cm - 3622L

Mulkun Wirrpanda - Birrkuda - 76 x 34 cm - 3622L (sold)


Artiste : Mulkun Wirrpanda

Titre de l'œuvre : Birrkuda

Pigments naturels sur écorce

Format : 76 x 34 cm

Provenance et certificat original : centre d'art aborigène de Yirrkala

Référence de la peinture : 3622L

© Photo : Aboriginal signature with the courtesy of the artist & Buku-Larrngay Mulka.

Explication de l’œuvre :

This bark painting by Mulkun Wirrpanda (1942), evokes the Dhudi Djapu clan land on this estate is country associated with Dhalwaŋu clan lore. It is a Honey site of Ancestral times sung by the Yirritja. Icons of the sugar bag, a manifestation of this deep seated knowledge is depicted.

The events that took place here give the Dhalwaŋu and associates spiritual rites of country. This image shows the honey at the place known as Gawarratja belonging to the clan of Mandawuy Yunupingu’s mother-in-law who recently deceased leaving her sister as the only surviving member of this clan. Their clan was decimated by a massacre in the early 1900’s which is retailed in the Yothu Yindi CD Birrkuda. The sensitiviities of this history have meant that this design is not often reproduced. In this instance this elderly Dhudi-Djapu woman has painted her mother’s pattern.

Collections : Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney NSW. Art Gallery of South Australia, Adelaide SA. Berndt Museum, University of Western Australia, Perth WA. British Museum, London, UK. Buku-Larrnggay Mulka - Saltwater - Yirrkala Bark Paintings of Sea Country. Holmes a Court Collection. Kerry Stokes Larrakitj Collection, WA. National Maritime Museum, Darling Harbour, Sydney NSW. National Museum of Australia, Canberra ACT


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