Untitled (Rirratjingu Clan Design) natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 52 x 33cm
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.