Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek (1926-2009) Mardayin Ceremony, c.1978

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Lot 13
Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek
(1926-2009)
Mardayin Ceremony, c.1978

Sold for AU$ 15,860 (US$ 11,150) inc. premium
Lofty Bardayal Nadjamerrek (1926-2009)
Mardayin Ceremony, c.1978
numbered and inscribed verso: '643 ~849 /T LOFTY NADJAMERREK'
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
114.0 x 42.5cm (44 7/8 x 16 3/4in).

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  • PROVENANCE
    Australian Aboriginal Art, Canberra (cat.849)
    Private collection, Canberra, acquired from the above in 1991

    RELATED WORKS
    Mimih Spirits Dancing, 1981, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, 86.0 x 53.0cm in the collection of the National Gallery of Australia, Canberra (accession no. 2014.691)
    Mardayin Ceremony, c.1978, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, 119.7 × 57.1cm in the collection of National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (accession no.O.17-1990)
    Mimih Spirits Dancing, c.1965, natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, 54.8 × 46.5 cm in the collection of National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne (accession no. 1998.49)

    Mardayin ceremonies often feature dances that incorporate the spearing of kangaroos. In this instance, Nadjamerrek has pictured the butchering of the kangaroo which is undertaken in a very specific manner so that particular portions of meat are given to the appropriate relatives of the hunter. A bark shelter is also depicted with a basket and various implements hanging from the structure.
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