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.

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

Rirratjiu Gapu

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Artwork Rirratjiu Gapu
larrakitj

H: 144cm 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

Dhakandjali

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Artwork Dhakandjali
larrakitj

H: 320cm W: 0cm

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

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 273cm 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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 237cm 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

Marparrarr Larrakitj

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Artwork Marparrarr Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 182cm W: 0cm

Trial Bay is located between Caledon bay to the north and above the larger Blue Mud Bay on the western side of the Gulf of Carpentaria. 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

Miliyawuy

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Artwork Miliyawuy
larrakitj

H: 217cm W: 0cm

This work was created following Nami’s third major prize win in the 2005 Telstra Award. read more

Magalili Larrakitj

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Artwork Magalili Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 265cm W: 0cm

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

Milka

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Artwork Milka
larrakitj

H: 190cm W: 0cm

The miny’tji (sacred clan designs) is Wangurri freshwater and talks of |oykal the Kingfish, rotting wood raga (sacred object) under the water and the sacred Milka or mangrove worm. read more

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 0cm 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

Madarrpa Larrakitj

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Artwork Madarrpa Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 188cm W: 0cm

This is a 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

Wangurri Manda

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Artwork Wangurri Manda
larrakitj

H: 220cm W: 0cm

This Wagurri clan larrakitj depicts the saltwaters belonging to that clan from their homeland at Mutamul. read more

Gangan to Baraltja

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Artwork Gangan to Baraltja
larrakitj

H: 266cm 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

Dha`wau Gapu

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Artwork Dha`wau Gapu
larrakitj

H: 217cm W: 0cm

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 187cm W: 0cm

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

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Marrakulu Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrakulu Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 364cm W: 0cm

Guwaykuway is a learned elder of the Marrakulu clan from the Dhuwa moiety. read more

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 313cm 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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 253cm W: 0cm

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

Ganal at Wandawuy

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Artwork Ganal at Wandawuy
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 215cm W: 0cm

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Yathikpa

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Artwork Yathikpa
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Rulyapa

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Artwork Rulyapa
larrakitj

H: 239cm 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

Dharragi

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Artwork Dharragi
larrakitj

H: 236cm W: 0cm

This painting depicts country around the artits homeland of Dhuruputjpi. read more

Dhudi Djapu

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Artwork Dhudi Djapu
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

This work depicts early events during Ancestral (and present) times at Yalata close to the Dhudi-Djapu clan homeland of Dhuruputjpi(about three hours drive South West from Yirrkala). 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