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.

Milurr

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Artwork Milurr
larrakitj

H: 165cm 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

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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

Rirratjiu Larrakitj

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Artwork Rirratjiu Larrakitj
larrakitj

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Djalinda here has painted at the top and bottom of this larrakitj the sacred design for her mother’s country at Yalaara, the birthplace for the Dhuwa moiety. 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

Mayawa

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Artwork Mayawa
larrakitj

H: 235cm W: 0cm

The painting on this log depicts Mayawa the Ancestral Frilled Neck Lizard a male mother-in-law to Wuyal the ‘Sugarbag man’. read more

Nhulunbuy

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Artwork Nhulunbuy
larrakitj

H: 193cm W: 0cm

Gurrundul is wife to senior Rirratjiu clansman and artist Wanyubi Marika. read more

MA|GALILI Yothu Yindi Larrakitj

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Artwork MA|GALILI Yothu Yindi Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 290cm W: 0cm

The designs on this pole are made by Baluka Maymuru at his clan’s heartland estate, Djarrakpi (far flung Cape Shield, Blue Mud Bay). read more

Marrakulu Larrakitj

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Artwork Marrakulu Larrakitj
larrakitj

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Wuyal was the first man to look for any homeland for the Marrakulu people. read more

Yoku at Wayawu and Dharragi

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Artwork Yoku at Wayawu and Dharragi
larrakitj

H: 147cm W: 0cm

There are two clan groups represented on this larrakitji, the artiss Magalili clan and her husbands Dhud-djapu clan. 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

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

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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

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

Gapu at Gangan

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Artwork Gapu at Gangan
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

Mayawa

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Artwork Mayawa
larrakitj

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The painting on this log depicts Mayawa the Ancestral Frilled Neck Lizard a male mother-in-law to Wuyal the ‘Sugarbag man’. 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

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

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

{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

Yalata

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Artwork Yalata
larrakitj

H: 182cm W: 0cm

The land that this work portrays is the arist’s home in the Dhudi Djapu clan estates around the meeting of the Dhuruputjpi River and the Yalata floodplain. 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

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 157cm 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: 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

Magalili Larrakitj

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Artwork Magalili Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 318cm W: 0cm

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 224cm W: 0cm

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

Wawurritjpal

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Artwork Wawurritjpal
larrakitj

H: 163cm W: 0cm

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

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 283cm 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

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

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 197cm W: 0cm

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

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