Yirawala (1900-1970) Untitled (Maraian Design)
Lot 156
Yirawala (1900-1970) Untitled (Maraian Design)
AU$ 12,000 - 18,000
US$ 11,000 - 17,000
Auction Details
Lot Details
Yirawala (1900-1970)
Untitled (Maraian Design)
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
51 x 23.5cm


    Painted at Minjilang (Croker Island), Western Arnhem Land circa 1970
    Randells Mill gallery, Adelaide
    Private collection

    Cf. For a closely related examples see Sandra Le Brun Holmes, Yirawala: Painter of the Dreaming, Sydney: Hale & Iremonger, 1994, pls. 29-32 and Linda Michael (ed.), Djon Mundine, et al, They are Meditating: Bark Paintings from the MCA's Arnott's Collection, Sydney: Museum of Contemporary Art, 2008, p.156, cat.no.1993.269.

    The bark painting depicts the sacred Maraian design which adorned the body of the ancestral figure of Lumah Lumah. The design, still used in ceremony today, connects those present to the Dreaming.
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