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.

Djayku at Garrimala

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Artwork Djayku at Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 162cm W: 0cm

This painting represents Garrimala, a billabong near the artists residence, the Dha`wau clan homeland at Gå]ga]. read more

Gulwirri

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Artwork Gulwirri
larrakitj

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The sacred clan design for Galpu country has been used in this painting to identify the surface of the smooth water, showing the representations of rainbow reflections, similar to an oil slick, to that of the skin of the olive python Wititj. read more

Manybalala

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Artwork Manybalala
larrakitj

H: 145cm W: 0cm

Before the advent of modern communications, transport and rather static community living the bone remains of Yolu dead were after time placed in Larrakitj (hollow logs) as the final stage of mortuary rites. read more

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

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A sacred expanse of water behind the Gå]ga] outstation where this larrakitj was produced is referred to as Gulutji. read more

Warrukay

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Artwork Warrukay
larrakitj

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This larrakitj identifies the reservoirs of the |aymil/Datiwuy clan. read more

Burrut’tji

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Artwork Burrut’tji
larrakitj

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Baraltja is the residence of Burrut’tji (also known as Mundukul) the lightning serpent. read more

Warrukay

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Artwork Warrukay
larrakitj

H: 177cm W: 22cm

This Warrukay larrakitj was produced by Gunybi after his bench-marking sellout exhibition at Annandale Galleries Oct 2009. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 226cm W: 0cm

The Larrakitj had its traditional use for the Yolngu of North east Arnhem Land as an ossuary or bone container erected as a memorial to a dead kinsman up to a decade after death. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

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The Larrakitj had its traditional use for the Yolngu of North east Arnhem Land as an ossuary or bone container erected as a memorial to a dead kinsman up to a decade after death. read more

Billabong Scene

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Artwork Billabong Scene
larrakitj

H: 124cm W: 0cm

A sacred expanse of water behind the Gangan outstation where this work was produced is referred to as Gulutji. read more

Birrkuda Rigitj

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Artwork Birrkuda Rigitj
larrakitj

H: 233cm W: 0cm

It is a Honey site of Ancestral times sung by the Yirritja. read more

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 275cm W: 0cm

This work was exhibited at Garawan’s first solo exhibition held at Niagara Galleries in Melbourne. read more

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 179cm W: 0cm

Garawan a Marrakulu clansman says that “Wayuga brought me up so I’m also adopted to the Marrau clan” The Marrakulu and Marrau are closely related clans through madayin (sacred clan mythologies and law). read more

Madarrpa Larrakitj

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Artwork Madarrpa Larrakitj
larrakitj

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This is the third major work by the son of famous Madarrpa artist Marrirra (1988 Barunga Statement)Before the advent of modern communications, transport and rather static community living the bone remains of Yolu dead were after time placed in Larrakitj (hollow logs) as the final of mortuary rites. read more

Guku

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Artwork Guku
larrakitj

H: 249cm W: 0cm

This painting is about Wuyal, the ancestral sugarbag man, an important ancestor of the Marrakulu clan of North East Arnhem Land. read more

Wandawuy and Balana

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Artwork Wandawuy and Balana
larrakitj

H: 162cm W: 0cm

Yananymul #1 father was Djapu statesman Mutitpuy Munungurr. read more

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 186cm W: 0cm

This painted surface depicts country close to Raymangirr, on the coast of Arnhem Bay. read more

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 239cm W: 0cm

This painting represents Garrimala, a billabong near the artist’s residence, the Dha`wau clan homeland at Gå]ga]. read more

Freshwater at Gångan

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Artwork Freshwater at Gångan
larrakitj

H: 203cm W: 0cm

Dhalwau totems Minhala the long neck turtle, Baypinga the saratoga and Garrkman the frog have been painted on a body of freshwater from Gånga]. read more

Banumbirr Larrakitj

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Artwork Banumbirr Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 206cm W: 0cm

Banumbirr is the morning star. The ancestral mother ceremonially releases the star attached to a feathered string from her sacred dilly bag. read more

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 256cm W: 0cm

A sacred expanse of water behind the Gå]ga] outstation where this larrakitj was produced is referred to as Gulutji. read more

Freshwater at Gångan

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Artwork Freshwater at Gångan
larrakitj

H: 280cm W: 0cm

Dhalwau totems Dhakuwa the fresh water cray, Minhala the long neck turtle, Baypinga the saratoga and Garrkman the frog have been painted on a body of freshwater from Gånga]. read more

Gulutji

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Artwork Gulutji
larrakitj

H: 285cm W: 0cm

There is no figurative imagery on this work. In this regard it is reminiscent of his piece entered in the 1995 NATSIAA which was subsequently purchased by the Queensland Art Gallery which caused dissent at a leadership level. read more

Lulumu

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Artwork Lulumu
larrakitj

H: 234cm W: 0cm

The Madarrpa travelled to live permanently at Båniyala, clan land north on Blue Mud Bay under the direction of clan leader and father to the artist, Wakuthi. read more

Burru=tji

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Artwork Burru=tji
larrakitj

H: 160cm W: 0cm

This painting is by the daughter of high profile artist and ceremonial leader Djambawa Marawili and wife to another artist with profile and leader Wanyubi Marika. read more

Miriu

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Artwork Miriu
larrakitj

H: 297cm W: 0cm

This piece carries a design not often painted for the public. read more

Gumatj

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Artwork Gumatj
larrakitj

H: 150cm W: 0cm

The totemic significance of fire to the Yunupiu family of the Gumatj clan is paramount. read more

Yathikpa

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Artwork Yathikpa
larrakitj

H: 115cm W: 0cm

This painting is set in the ocean waters in the Yathikpa region, near Blue Mud Bay. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 218cm W: 0cm

The Larrakitj had its traditional use for the Yolngu of North east Arnhem Land as an ossuary or bone container erected as a memorial to a dead kinsman up to a decade after death. read more