attributed to Mawalan Marika (circa 1908-1967) Untitled (Rirratjingu Clan Design)
Lot 127
attributed to Mawalan Marika (circa 1908-1967) Untitled (Rirratjingu Clan Design)
Sold for AU$ 2,400 (US$ 2,243) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
attributed to Mawalan Marika (circa 1908-1967)
Untitled (Rirratjingu Clan Design)
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
52 x 33cm

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Painted in North East Arnhem Land in the early 1950s
    Private collection of the late Leonhard Adam

    EXHIBITED:
    Museum of Ethnography at the University of Bonn, Germany, from the late 1950s - 1993
    Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, United Kingdom, 1994 – 2011

    Cf. For a related work by Mawalan Marika in the collection of the Macleay Museum, University of Sydney see Margie West (ed.), Yalangbara: Art of the Djangkawu, Darwin: Charles Darwin University Press, 2008, p.98.

    The painting is almost certainly by the hand of Mawalan Marika. The Rirratjingu curved clan design is also associated with the story of the Djang'kawu sisters from Yalangbara representing the sand dunes where the sisters landed.

    Bonhams would like to thank Dr Howard Morphy for assisting in the attribution of this bark and identifying the subject matter.
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