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- Object: Dhalwangu clan design
Bark painting of Dhalwangu clan designs, referring to Gangan land, primarily lines of diamonds in four panels (two with horizontal lines, two with vertical). Painted in black, white, red-ochre, and yellow-ochre coloured paints on a roughly rectangular piece of bark, with two wooden split stick supports, painted black, framing the short ends.
- Production date
- 1980s (early)
Length: 104 centimetres
Width: 45.20 centimetres (bark)
Width: 53 centimetres (frame)
Depth: 6.40 centimetres
- Curator's comments
- Text on reverse: "Guywuru 84'/UW". Notes on this painting supplied by Julie House, Craft Advisor, Yirrkala (Eth.Doc 1064) read in part: "Guywuru died in early 1986. He was an old man, leader of the Gapuwiyak (Lake Evella) branch of the Wunungmurra Dhalwangu people. ... In meaning, Guywuru's painting is 'the same' as Warrapangi's [see oc1986,07.18]. Gadalminy, clan leader for the Wangurri, gave the big name for Gangan, the country the painting refers to, as Yambayamba Malaypa, which means 'the people of that land'. In style, Guywuru's painting is very different to Warrapangi's. Gapuwiyak, where Guywuru lived, doesn't have an artist's centre, and people there have never produced important works regularly for sale the way Yirrkala based people have for 20 or so years. ...".
- Not on display
- Acquisition date
- Acquisition notes
- Notes by Julie House, Craft advisor, Yirrkala (Eth.Doc 1064): "The painting...was purchased in the early 1980's. (It's such a special painting that the Arts Centre was reluctant to sell it.)"
- Africa, Oceania and the Americas
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