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.

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 255cm W: 0cm

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

Gurtha

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Artwork Gurtha
larrakitj

H: 198cm W: 0cm

Rerrkirrwaa has painted her husband’s clan minytji - that of the Gumatj clan. read more

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 158cm W: 0cm

This is the first painting by Birrala, a young woman of the Gumatj clan. read more

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 225cm W: 0cm

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

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 209cm 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

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 171cm 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

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

Burru=tji

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Artwork Burru=tji
larrakitj

H: 120cm W: 0cm

This painting is by the sister of high profile artist and ceremonial leader Djambawa Marawili. 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

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

Dha`wau Gapu

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Artwork Dha`wau Gapu
larrakitj

H: 206cm 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: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Miliyawuy

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Artwork Miliyawuy
larrakitj

H: 256cm W: 0cm

Naminapu Maymuru-White began helping her fathers, Narritjin and Nanyin paint their bark paintings and sculptures in their bark shelter on the beach at Yirrkala in about 1964 when she was twelve years old. 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

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 213cm 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

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

Three Rocks in Trial Bay

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Artwork Three Rocks in Trial Bay
larrakitj

H: 331cm W: 0cm

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

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
larrakitj

H: 0cm 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

Rulyapa

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Artwork Rulyapa
larrakitj

H: 0cm 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

Yoku at Wayawu

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Artwork Yoku at Wayawu
larrakitj

H: 187cm W: 0cm

The miny’tji (sacred clan designs) is Magalili freshwater and talks of |oykal the Kingfish, rotting wood raga (sacred object) under the water and the sacred yoku (corms of the water lily) representing the yothu (children) of the Magalili fed on by the Bilthu (Rifle fish). read more

Magalili Larrakitj

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Artwork Magalili Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 199cm W: 0cm

Muurrapin is a younger brother to his clans ceremonial leader Baluka, an artist of high degree. read more

Marrakulu Larrakitj

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Artwork Marrakulu Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 257cm 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: 226cm W: 0cm

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

Bamurruu

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Artwork Bamurruu
larrakitj

H: 161cm W: 0cm

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

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 166cm 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

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

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

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 170cm 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