Larrakitj

A larrakitj is traditionally used as a coffin for the bones of a deceased. The hollow log then rots back into the earth and the bones return to rock. Although still a very significant ceremonial symbol for the Yolngu, the Larrakitj is now reffered to as a memorial pole.

The artsts still paints their clan design and remains true to Yolngu law.

The Larrakitj is seen to be a remarkable sculptural piece of art and is collected by both institutions and private collectors worldwide.

Wayawu/Dhuruputjpi

Artwork


Artwork Wayawu/Dhuruputjpi
larrakitj

H: 170cm W: 0cm

The miny’tji (sacred clan designs) in the top panel is the artist’s mother clan, Magalili freshwater and talks of |oykal the Kingfish, rotting wood raga (sacred object) under the water and the sacred corms of the water lily representing the yothu (children) of the Magalili fed on by the Bilthu (Rifle fish). read more

Dhuruputjpi

Artwork


Artwork Dhuruputjpi
larrakitj

H: 198cm W: 0cm

The painting on this larrakitj depicts country around the artists homeland of Dhuruputjpi. read more