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.

Marparrarr Larrakitj

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Artwork Marparrarr Larrakitj
larrakitj

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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

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

Burru=tji

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Artwork Burru=tji
larrakitj

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

Galpu

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Artwork Galpu
larrakitj

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 248cm 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: 261cm 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

Wukili

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Artwork Wukili
larrakitj

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The area of sea country belonging to the Djarrwark clan is known as Wukili. read more

Marru at Djarrakpi

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Artwork Marru at Djarrakpi
larrakitj

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Nami’s larrakitj, sourced from her Magalili clan mythology follows on from her father Nänyin and his brother Narritjin. 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

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

Mana at Yalata and Lutumba

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Artwork Mana at Yalata and Lutumba
larrakitj

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Bandia is married to a Dhudi Djapu clansman Wuyal 2. read more

Marrakulu Larrakitj

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Artwork Marrakulu Larrakitj
larrakitj

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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

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

Gumatj Larrakitj

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Artwork Gumatj Larrakitj
larrakitj

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Once the final rites have been ritually administered to the deceased Yolu the spiritual value of the remains maintain (unlike other Australian Aboriginal cultures) little value. read more

Wurran ga Minhala ga Dakawa

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Artwork Wurran ga Minhala ga Dakawa
larrakitj

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Dhalwau totems Wurran the diver bird and Minhala the long neck turtle have been painted on a body of freshwater from Gånga]. read more

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 340cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. read more

Wayawu Dhurruputjpi

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Artwork Wayawu Dhurruputjpi
larrakitj

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The designs on this pole are made by Baluka Maymuru, the undisputed ceremonial leader of the Magalili clan, at that clan’s heartland estate, Djarrakpi (far flung Cape Shield, Blue Mud Bay). read more

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 313cm 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: 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

Mundukul

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Artwork Mundukul
larrakitj

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Baraltja is the residence of Burrut’tji the lightning serpent. read more

Gurtha

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Artwork Gurtha
larrakitj

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The totemic significance of fire to the Yunupiu family of the Gumatj clan is paramount. 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

Guku

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Artwork Guku
larrakitj

H: 204cm 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

{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

Galpu

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Artwork Galpu
larrakitj

H: 245cm W: 0cm

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

Dhakandjali

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Artwork Dhakandjali
larrakitj

H: 317cm W: 0cm

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

Wurrkadiat |aypia

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Artwork Wurrkadiat |aypia
larrakitj

H: 195cm W: 0cm

Batambil’s husband Mandjuwi, a senior man of the Gålpu clan passed away in about 1997. 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

Burru=tji

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Artwork Burru=tji
larrakitj

H: 160cm W: 0cm

This painting is by the daughter of high profile artist and ceremonial leader Djambawa Marawili and wife to another artist with profile and leader Wanyubi Marika. read more

Gangan/Baraltja

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Artwork Gangan/Baraltja
larrakitj

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The meeting of the waters is a generic theme for the Yolu of north east Arnhem Land and is symbolic of fertility. read more