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.

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

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

Baypia at Gangan

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Artwork Baypia at Gangan
larrakitj

H: 237cm W: 0cm

Gå]ga] is where the Dhalwau have established their homeland centre, inland from the mid coast of Blue Mud Bay on the Gulutji River. read more

Mundukul at Baraltja

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Artwork Mundukul at Baraltja
larrakitj

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The journey of freshwater through country to the sea is thematic for many of the clan groups of north east Arnhem Land. read more

Gurtha

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Artwork Gurtha
larrakitj

H: 128cm W: 0cm

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

Rulyapa

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Artwork Rulyapa
larrakitj

H: 175cm W: 0cm

This miny’tji represents Rulyapa, the rough saltwater country between Nhulunbuy and the large island of Dhambaliya (Bremer Island), ballooning up from the secret depths, around the sacred rock Manhala, which can be a manifestation of Daymirri. read more

Galpu

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Artwork Galpu
larrakitj

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Malirri is the name for the Galpu Larrakitj. Wititj is depicted here at Garrimala (near Gangan). read more

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 216cm 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

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

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

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
larrakitj

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

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

Gurala

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Artwork Gurala
larrakitj

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Gurala River empties into Buckingham Bay left of the peninsula named on maps after navigator Flinders. read more

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 252cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. 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: 276cm 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

{arragi

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Artwork {arragi
larrakitj

H: 240cm 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

Gurtha

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Artwork Gurtha
larrakitj

H: 150cm W: 0cm

This painting was made late in the same year that the artist won the 2009 National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award’s Best Bark Painting Catagory. read more

Dhudi Djapu Miny’tji

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Artwork Dhudi Djapu Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 219cm 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

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 181cm 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

Rulyapa

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Artwork Rulyapa
larrakitj

H: 202cm W: 0cm

This miny’tji represents Rulyapa, the rough saltwater country between Nhulunbuy and the large island of Dhambaliya, ballooning up from the secret depths, around the sacred rock Manhala, which can be a manifestation of Daymirri. read more

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 300cm W: 0cm

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

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 202cm W: 0cm

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

Wayawu/Dhuruputjpi

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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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
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

Manybalala

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Artwork Manybalala
larrakitj

H: 189cm 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

Burrut’tji

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Artwork Burrut’tji
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Wawurritjpal

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Artwork Wawurritjpal
larrakitj

H: 196cm W: 0cm

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