Untitled (Maraian Design) natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 51 x 23.5cm
PROVENANCE: 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.