1988.36.2

Bark painting representing the coastal plain of Central Arnhem Land by the artist Djilpa

Place details: AUSTRALIA. Australia. Northern Territory Central Arnhem Land Arafura Swamp Area Ramangining. Cultural Group: Yolngu Liyagalawurmirri Clan Local Name: Unknown. Materials: Bark Wood Plant / Pigment / ?. Processes: Painted / ?. Colour: Red Yellow Black White Dimensions: Max L = 835 mm Max W = 320 mm Maker: Djilpa Field Collector: Howard Morphy When Collected: 1988 Other Owners: Howard Morphy PRM Source: Howard Morphy Acquired: Purchased 1988 9 PRM Image: A17.F8.3 Collections Digital Reference Photo 03/06/2008

KEYWORD: Painting / CLASS: Picture / ?.

Bark painting by the artist Djilpa, representing the coastal plain of Central Arnhem Land at Gariyak as created by the journey of the ancestral Djangkawu sisters. Wherever the sisters put their digging sticks they created water-holes, and these are represented by circles in the paintings. As they journeyed, the sisters named the various plant and animal species they saw around them; these included the gunbu shells in the lower part of the the painting.

Purchased by donor from the Ramangining Aboriginal Community, 1988.



Display history: Included with 1988.36.3 (as 'G' and 'H') in a 'permanent' display devoted to Australian Aboriginal Art on the south side of the lower gallery of the PRM with the following caption: 'LIYAGAWUMIRR CLAN, RAMANGINING, ARAFURA SWAMP AREA, CENTRAL ARNHEM LAND. Two paintings by Djilpa and by Ken Minyipirrawuy. The upper parts of both paintings represent the coastal plain of Central Arnhem Land, as created by the journey of the ancestral Djangkawu sisters. Wherever the sisters put their digging sticks, they created water-holes, and these are represented by circles in the paintings. As they journeyed, the sisters named the various plant and animal species they saw around them; these included the stick insects shown in the lower part of G [1988.36.2] and the gunbu shells in the lower part of H [1988.36.3]. 1988.36.2 and 3.' This display was dismantled in 2005 in preparation for building work. [MdeA 26 6 2007; JC 2 11 2007]

CURRENT PRM DISPLAY LABEL (AS AT 08/05/2009) - Two paintings on bark, Ken Minyipirrawuy (died 2002), Liyagawumirr (Dhuwa), Yolngu people, Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land The upper parts of both paintings represent the coastal plain of Central Arnhem Land, as created by the journey of the ancestral Djang’kawu Sisters. Wherever the sisters put their digging sticks, they created water holes, represented by circles. As they journeyed, the sisters named the various plant and animal species they saw around them. These included those seen in the lower sections of the paintings: the stick insects (warrala warrala) on the left and the ‘trumpet shells’ (gunbu) on the right, respectively. Purchased from the Ramingining Aboriginal Community; 1988.36.2 and 1988.36.3 [HA 08/05/2009]