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.

Yathikpa

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Artwork Yathikpa
larrakitj

H: 150cm W: 0cm

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 268cm W: 0cm

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

Gapu at Gangan

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Artwork Gapu at Gangan
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

Wayawu Dhurruputjpi

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Artwork Wayawu Dhurruputjpi
larrakitj

H: 243cm W: 0cm

The designs on this pole are made by Baluka Maymuru, the undisputed ceremonial leader of the Magalili clan, at that clan’s heartland estate, Djarrakpi (far flung Cape Shield, Blue Mud Bay). read more

Gudultja, Wawurritjpal

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Artwork Gudultja, Wawurritjpal
larrakitj

H: 210cm W: 0cm

A set of three rocks stand in the mouth of Trial Bay submerged either completely or partially within its waters. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 268cm 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

Dhakandjali

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Artwork Dhakandjali
larrakitj

H: 331cm W: 0cm

Dhakandjali is the name for this burial pole. Its other name can be Dhupundji. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 0cm 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

Gumatj larrakitj

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Artwork Gumatj larrakitj
larrakitj

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In ancestral times, the leaders of Yirritja moiety clans used fire for the first time during a ceremony at |alarrwuy in Gumatj country. read more

Mundukul

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Artwork Mundukul
larrakitj

H: 189cm W: 0cm

Baraltja is the residence of Burrut’tji the lightning serpent. read more

Ganal at Wandawuy

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Artwork Ganal at Wandawuy
larrakitj

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This imagery depicts the freshwaters of the Djapu clan at their homeland Wandawuy now an outstation about 150 kilometres south of Yirrkala and inland from Blue Mud Bay. 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

Dhalwau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dhalwau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 0cm 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 (memorial poles) as the finale of mortuary rites. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 289cm 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

Yukuwa

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Artwork Yukuwa
larrakitj

H: 154cm W: 0cm

Yukuwa is one of the names of the artist and Yukuwa is the topic of this work. read more

Gayitj

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Artwork Gayitj
larrakitj

H: 89cm W: 0cm

Baluka is the leader of the magalili clan. He has painted Maywundji, an area of Magalili country shared with the Munyuku clan. read more

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 254cm W: 0cm

This is a collaborative work between Djirrirra, a Dhalwau woman who resides at Gangan (the subject of these designs) and Djuldjul, a Galpu woman who is married to a Dhalwau man. 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

Wayawu Dhurruputjpi

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Artwork Wayawu Dhurruputjpi
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

The designs on this pole are made by Baluka Maymuru, the undisputed ceremonial leader of the Magalili clan, at that clan’s heartland estate, Djarrakpi (far flung Cape Shield, Blue Mud Bay). read more

Marrakulu Larrakitj

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Artwork Marrakulu Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Djarrakpi

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Artwork Djarrakpi
larrakitj

H: 140cm W: 0cm

It was in the wangarr, ancestral time or ‘Everywhen’, when the Guwak men, Munuminya and Yikawaa, sitting under the shade of the sacred Marawili tree, instructed the ancestral koel cuckoo Guwak to lead the Magalili people to this new place they had established for them at Djarrakpi. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 196cm 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

Wawurritjpal

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Artwork Wawurritjpal
larrakitj

H: 211cm W: 0cm

A set of three rocks stand in the mouth of Trial Bay submerged either completely or partially within its waters. read more

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 157cm W: 0cm

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

Dhakandjali

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Artwork Dhakandjali
larrakitj

H: 350cm W: 0cm

Dhakandjali is the name for this burial pole. It’s other name can be Dhupundji. read more

Munyuku

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Artwork Munyuku
larrakitj

H: 215cm W: 0cm

Barayuwa has done his mother’s Munyuku clan’s design, inspired by the late ritual specialist and artist {ula |urruwutthun. read more

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 272cm W: 0cm

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

Gurtha

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Artwork Gurtha
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Magalili Larrakitj

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Artwork Magalili Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 175cm W: 0cm

Baluka is the head man for the Magalili and resides at his beloved homeland Djarrakpi. read more

Marrakulu Larrakitj

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Artwork Marrakulu Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 249cm W: 0cm

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