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

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

{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

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

Dharragi

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Artwork Dharragi
larrakitj

H: 236cm W: 0cm

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

Miliyawuy

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Artwork Miliyawuy
larrakitj

H: 300cm W: 0cm

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

Garrapara

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Artwork Garrapara
larrakitj

H: 175cm W: 63cm

Garrapara is a coastal headland within Blue Mud Bay. read more

Gumatj larrakitj

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Artwork Gumatj larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

In ancestral times, the leaders of Yirritja moiety clans used fire for the first time during a ceremony at |alarrwuy in Gumatj country. read more

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 239cm W: 0cm

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

Dhalwau

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Artwork Dhalwau
larrakitj

H: 173cm 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 of mortuary rites. read more

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

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

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

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

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

Galpu

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Artwork Galpu
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Billabong Scene

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Artwork Billabong Scene
larrakitj

H: 124cm W: 0cm

A sacred expanse of water behind the Gangan outstation where this work was produced is referred to as Gulutji. 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

Muurru

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Artwork Muurru
larrakitj

H: 237cm W: 0cm

Dha`wau Gapu

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Artwork Dha`wau Gapu
larrakitj

H: 225cm W: 0cm

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

Milngiyawuy - the Milky Way

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Artwork Milngiyawuy - the Milky Way
larrakitj

H: 200cm 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

Gapu at Gangan

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Artwork Gapu at Gangan
larrakitj

H: 106cm W: 0cm

A sacred expanse of water behind the Gangan outstation where this work was produced is referred to as Gulutji. read more

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
larrakitj

H: 276cm W: 0cm

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

Marparrarr Bamurrungu

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Artwork Marparrarr Bamurrungu
larrakitj

H: 188cm 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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 186cm 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: 232cm 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

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 0cm 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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 100cm W: 0cm

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

Dhalwau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dhalwau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 197cm W: 71cm

This work was painted at Gurrumuru in April 2008. The miny’tji or cross hatched design is a sacred signature that embodies the outside story and the non secular. read more