attributed to Mawalan Marika (circa 1908-1967) Untitled (Rirratjingu Clan Design)
Lot 128
attributed to Mawalan Marika (circa 1908-1967) Untitled (Rirratjingu Clan Design)
AU$ 2,000 - 3,000
US$ 1,800 - 2,700

Lot Details
attributed to Mawalan Marika (circa 1908-1967)
Untitled (Rirratjingu Clan Design)
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
57 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

    The painting is almost certainly by the hand of Mawalan Marika. The Rirratjingu curved clan design is also associated with the Djang'kawu sisters but references Djambawul the thunder man who created whirlpools, cloud and rain.


    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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