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.

Dhalwau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dhalwau 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

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

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

Miliyawuy

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Artwork Miliyawuy
larrakitj

H: 123cm 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: 196cm 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

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

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

Warrukay

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Artwork Warrukay
larrakitj

H: 208cm W: 0cm

This Warrukay larrakitj was produced by Gunybi after his bench-marking sellout exhibition at Annandale Galleries Oct 2009. read more

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 261cm W: 0cm

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

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

Guku/Honey

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Artwork Guku/Honey
larrakitj

H: 235cm W: 0cm

The subject of this larrakitj is Guku or Honey associated with Wuyal, the ancestral sugarbag man, an important ancestor of the Marrakulu clan of Northeast Arnhem Land. read more

Lulumu

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Artwork Lulumu
larrakitj

H: 234cm W: 0cm

The Madarrpa travelled to live permanently at Båniyala, clan land north on Blue Mud Bay under the direction of clan leader and father to the artist, Wakuthi. 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: 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

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

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

Magalili Clan Dhåwu

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Artwork Magalili Clan Dhåwu
larrakitj

H: 207cm W: 0cm

The Magalili clan have estates of country that run from Groote Eylandt to Djarrakpi and further back down Blue Mud Bay up the Wayawu River past Dhuruputjpi and as far away as Maningrida. read more

Gayitj

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Artwork Gayitj
larrakitj

H: 169cm 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

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 186cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. read more

Djayku at Garrimala

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Artwork Djayku at Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 162cm W: 0cm

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

Dhudi Djapu

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Artwork Dhudi Djapu
larrakitj

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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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

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

Marparrarr Larrakitj

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Artwork Marparrarr Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 233cm 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

Rulyapa

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Artwork Rulyapa
larrakitj

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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

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 155cm W: 0cm

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