Lumaluma, c.1970 natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 64.0 x 33.0cm (25 3/16 x 13in).
PROVENANCE Aboriginal Artists Gallery, Sydney The Collection of Milton and Alma Roxanas, Sydney
A dynamic and vital form, this rare manifestation of the subject Lumaluma pulses with energy and ceremonial import. Unfettered by axe or spear in this rendition, Yirawala has instead adorned the giant with full body design and power bags (woven dilly bags containing sacred objects) at his neck. As noted of the subject by Wally Caruana when describing Bobby Barrdjaray Ngainjmirra's The Myth of Luma Luma: 'The chronicle of the giant Luma Luma is one of the apical creation dramas of Kunwinjku and Kuninjku peoples of western Arnhem Land for it relates to the coming of sacred power, Mardayin, and the establishment of ritual practices and initiations, such as the Kunapipi, Wubarr, and eventually the Lorrkon burial ceremonies. Luma Luma also introduced the ritual paraphernalia and the sacred clan patterns that are painted onto these objects and onto the torsos of the ceremonial participants, as well as onto sheets of bark today.'
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