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.

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

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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

Wurran ga Minhala ga Dakawa

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Artwork Wurran ga Minhala ga Dakawa
larrakitj

H: 193cm W: 0cm

Dhalwau totems Wurran the diver bird and Minhala the long neck turtle have been painted on a body of freshwater from Gånga]. 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

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 340cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. read more

Mayawa

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Artwork Mayawa
larrakitj

H: 235cm W: 0cm

The painting on this log depicts Mayawa the Ancestral Frilled Neck Lizard a male mother-in-law to Wuyal the ‘Sugarbag man’. read more

Magalili Larrakitj

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Artwork Magalili Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 318cm W: 0cm

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

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

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: 213cm 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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 153cm W: 0cm

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

Madarrpa/Dhudi-Djapu larrakitj

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Artwork Madarrpa/Dhudi-Djapu larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 307cm W: 0cm

Djambawa, has painted a narrative that has its origin where this log was painted - Baniyala. read more

Dhudi-Djapu Larrakitj

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Artwork Dhudi-Djapu Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 200cm 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

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

Dhanbarr - Garkman, Dhakawa and Baypina

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Artwork Dhanbarr - Garkman, Dhakawa and Baypina
larrakitj

H: 388cm W: 0cm

Gangan is a sacred place inland from the shores of Blue Mud Bay. read more

{arragi

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Artwork {arragi
larrakitj

H: 161cm W: 0cm

This work depicts early events during Ancestral (and present) times at Yalata close to the Dhu[i-Djapu clan homeland of Dhuruputjpi (about three hours drive southwest from Yirrkala). read more

Miriu

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Artwork Miriu
larrakitj

H: 207cm W: 0cm

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

Dhuruputjpi

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Artwork Dhuruputjpi
larrakitj

H: 198cm W: 0cm

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

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

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

Warrukay

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Artwork Warrukay
larrakitj

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

Gumatj Larrakitj-Gurtha

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Artwork Gumatj Larrakitj-Gurtha
larrakitj

H: 160cm W: 0cm

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

Milurr

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Artwork Milurr
larrakitj

H: 220cm W: 0cm

The time referred to as the time before the first morning has the Dja’kawu (a man and his two sisters) leaving in a canoe to follow the morning star from their residence of Buralku, an island of ancestral dead. read more

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

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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

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

H: 208cm 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

Gangan to Baraltja

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Artwork Gangan to Baraltja
larrakitj

H: 235cm W: 0cm

In pre-contact time the death of a person meant that the body was exposed on a platform or buried in a shallow grave and that area would have been abandoned in the short term. read more

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
larrakitj

H: 276cm W: 0cm

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