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.

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 209cm 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

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 202cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. read more

Gumatj Larrakitj

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Artwork Gumatj Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 226cm W: 0cm

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 234cm W: 0cm

There is no figurative imagery on this work. Following contact with the European and world art milieu in the 40s a protocol was adopted which seemed to ‘cover’ such raw manifestations of sacred identity with figurative imagery. read more

Madarrpa Larrakitj

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Artwork Madarrpa Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

This is the third major work by the son of famous Madarrpa artist Marrirra (1988 Barunga Statement)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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 153cm 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: 268cm W: 0cm

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

Gå]ga] Waters

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Artwork Gå]ga] Waters
larrakitj

H: 254cm W: 0cm

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 252cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. 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

Marrakulu Larrakitj

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Artwork Marrakulu Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 257cm 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

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

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

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 216cm 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

Wawurritjpal

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Artwork Wawurritjpal
larrakitj

H: 196cm W: 0cm

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

Dhudi Djapu Gapu

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Artwork Dhudi Djapu Gapu
larrakitj

H: 220cm W: 0cm

This artist is the grandson of Dhakiyarr (alleged killer of Constable McColl) and paternal uncle of David Wirrpunda (youngest draft pick in AFL) and a participant in the Wukidi ceremony in Darwin June 2003. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 261cm 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

Rirratjiu Gapu

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Artwork Rirratjiu Gapu
larrakitj

H: 144cm 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

Wawurritjpal

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Artwork Wawurritjpal
larrakitj

H: 111cm 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: 213cm 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

Gurtha

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Artwork Gurtha
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 276cm 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

Freshwater at Gångan

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Artwork Freshwater at Gångan
larrakitj

H: 280cm W: 0cm

Dhalwau totems Dhakuwa the fresh water cray, Minhala the long neck turtle, Baypinga the saratoga and Garrkman the frog have been painted on a body of freshwater from Gånga]. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 171cm 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

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 196cm 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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 210cm W: 0cm

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

Milka

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Artwork Milka
larrakitj

H: 190cm W: 0cm

The miny’tji (sacred clan designs) is Wangurri freshwater and talks of |oykal the Kingfish, rotting wood raga (sacred object) under the water and the sacred Milka or mangrove worm. read more