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Listed under:  Arts  >  Visual arts  >  Painting  >  Bark painting
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Rainforest basket, 1890s

This is a two-cornered or bicornial basket from the Aboriginal people of the rainforest of north-eastern Queensland. It is decorated with a distinctive pattern using red, black and white paint made from natural pigments. Collected in the 1890s, it measures 59.5 cm high x 56 cm wide and is 38 cm deep.

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Rainforest blanket, c1928

This is a bark blanket from the Aboriginal people of the rainforest of north-eastern Queensland. One side of the blanket is decorated with symbols painted in red and black using natural pigments. Collected about 1928, it measures 79 cm x 114 cm.

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Tiwi Islands tunga, c1912

This is painted bark container, known as a 'tunga', used in a burial ceremony by the Tiwi people of Melville Island in the Northern Territory. Made around 1912, it is 45 cm high x 42 cm wide.

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Gagadju bark painting, c1912

This is a bark painting that depicts the ancestor 'Yungwalia' created in about 1912 by a Gagadju artist. It is 375 cm high x 126 cm wide and was collected in the Alligator River area of western Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory by the anthropologist Walter Baldwin Spencer.

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Bark painting from Arnhem Land, 1930s

This is a bark painting depicting a dugout canoe (top) and a Macassan prau or sailing vessel from Yirrkala in Arnhem Land, Northern Territory. The canoe and sailing vessel are outlined in white pipeclay and have been filled in with red and yellow ochre and white pipeclay. The bow and stern of both vessels are decorated ...

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Yolngu sea country: painting on bark

This is a resource about the importance of painting on bark for the Yolngu people of the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land. It consists of explanatory text, an illustration, a short video, and related links. The text explains that painting is an expression of the Law for Country, and says where the barks, paints ...

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Yolngu sea country: miny'tji (clan designs)

This is an information resource about the distinctive designs or miny'tji belonging to individual Yolngu clans living in the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land. It consists of explanatory text and examples of miny'tji belonging to the Gumatj and Madarrpa clans of the Yirritja moiety (half) and to the Marakulu and ...

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Yolngu sea country: sea rights

This is a resource about how the Yolngu people of Arnhem Land achieved exclusive legal rights to their sea country in Blue Mud Bay in 2008. It consists of text that explains the strategic importance of the Saltwater paintings and gives: a broad chronology of events; an image of Dhanwangu clansman Garwirrin Gamana showing ...

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Yolngu sea country: living by the sea

This is a bark painting depicting the Yolngu people of of the coastal region of north-east Arnhem Land living and interacting with their land and sea country. It was painted by highly respected Djapu clanswoman, artist and printmaker Marrnyula Mununggurr, who speaks about the work in an accompanying audio file. The painting, ...

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Yolngu sea country: a map of the sea

This is a bark painting titled 'Djarrwak ga Dhalwangu' by Dhalwangu clan Elder Garwirrin Gamana showing the sacred nature of sea country around the mouth of the Baraltja River in north-east Arnhem Land. The painting, which can be enlarged and zoomed, incorporates representations of the lightning snake Mundukul and the creation ...

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Yolngu sea country: 'From Biranybirany'

This is a painting showing the 'view' of Yolngu artist Miniyawani Yunupingu looking out to sea from Biranybirany at Caledon Bay in north-east Arnhem Land. His view incorporates representations of stingrays, saltwater crocodiles, mantra rays, turtles and dugongs, and the distinctive ancestral designs (miny'tji) of his Gumatj ...

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Yolngu sea country: turtle waters

This is a painting titled 'Rirratjingu at Dhambaliya' by Yolngu artist Dhuwarrwarr Marika showing the rocks, reefs, currents and animals of the sea between Dhambaliya (Bremer Island) and the mainland of north-east Arnhem Land. The painting, which can be enlarged and zoomed, incorporates the distinctive designs ('miny'tji') ...

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Yolnu sea country: the dugong hunters

This is a painting titled 'Gurtha [fire] at Dhakalmayi' by Yolngu artist Djambawa Marawili, depicting a Dreaming account of the ancestral beings Burrak and Munuminya hunting DjunuƋgayangu (dugong). Read from right to left, the painting shows the men making rope and pursuing the dugong but DjunuƋgayangu shelters at the rock ...

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Yirawala, 'Maralaitj, mother of the tribes', c1965

This is a bark painting by eastern Kunwinjku artist Yirawala depicting the creation being Maralaitj giving birth to the clans whose country is at the mouth of the Liverpool River in the Marrkolidjban region of western Arnhem Land. The painting is shown as an enlargeable image and in a video. Text onscreen gives information ...