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.

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

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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

Rulyapa

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Artwork Rulyapa
larrakitj

H: 237cm 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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 225cm W: 0cm

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: 263cm W: 0cm

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

Dhalwau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dhalwau Larrakitj
larrakitj

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

Marrakulu Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrakulu Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 120cm W: 0cm

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

Banumbirr Larrakitj

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Artwork Banumbirr Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 206cm W: 0cm

Banumbirr is the morning star. The ancestral mother ceremonially releases the star attached to a feathered string from her sacred dilly bag. read more

Djayku at Garrimala

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Artwork Djayku at Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 227cm W: 0cm

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

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 256cm W: 0cm

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

Gulwirri

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Artwork Gulwirri
larrakitj

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The sacred clan design for Galpu country has been used in this painting to identify the surface of the smooth water, showing the representations of rainbow reflections, similar to an oil slick, to that of the skin of the olive python Wititj. 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

{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

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
larrakitj

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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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 340cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. read more

Yathikpa

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Artwork Yathikpa
larrakitj

H: 2937cm W: 0cm

The open ended strings of diamonds marks the classic miny’tji of the saltwater estate of Yathikpa. read more

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 250cm 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

From Biranybirany

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Artwork From Biranybirany
larrakitj

H: 171cm W: 0cm

The artist has painted her mothers clan (Munungurritj Gumatj) The Gumatj waters of Caledon bay have been imbued with the Ancestral powers of the original fire as it passed through to Biranybirany. read more

Baraltja

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Artwork Baraltja
larrakitj

H: 194cm W: 0cm

The painting on this larrakitj depicts Baraltja, a flood plains area and home of Mundukul the Lightning Snake. read more

Birrkuda Rigitj

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Artwork Birrkuda Rigitj
larrakitj

H: 220cm W: 0cm

It is a Honey site of Ancestral times sung by the Yirritja. read more

Garraali

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Artwork Garraali
larrakitj

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This is a Ma[arrpa memorial pole produced at Yalmakany’s homeland Yilpara and while produced as a fun decorative work rather than in a more traditional sacred form, is of the sacred area referred to as Yathikpa home to fire,crocodile and dugong. read more

Munyuku

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Artwork Munyuku
larrakitj

H: 216cm W: 0cm

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

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 262cm 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

Mundukul at Barraltja

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Artwork Mundukul at Barraltja
larrakitj

H: 211cm W: 0cm

The Ancestral Lightning Snake is Mundukul. Its residence is an area of flood plain that drains into Blue Mud Bay close to the Dhalwau saltwater site of Garraparra. read more

Baraltja

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Artwork Baraltja
larrakitj

H: 227cm W: 0cm

The painting on this larrakitj depicts Baraltja, a flood plains area and home of Mundukul the Lightning Snake. read more

Birrkuda

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Artwork Birrkuda
larrakitj

H: 180cm W: 0cm

In country that edges into Dhudi Djapu clan land on this estate is country associated with Dhalwau clan lore. read more

Dhalwau

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Artwork Dhalwau
larrakitj

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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

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

Yukuwa

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Artwork Yukuwa
larrakitj

H: 150cm W: 0cm