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.

Magalili Larrakitj

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Artwork Magalili Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 199cm W: 0cm

Muurrapin is a younger brother to his clans ceremonial leader Baluka, an artist of high degree. read more

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 289cm 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

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

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
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

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

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

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

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

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
larrakitj

H: 0cm 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

DJIRRKARRI

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Artwork DJIRRKARRI
larrakitj

H: 214cm W: 0cm

The artist is a senior elder of the Galpu clan born on Wirriku Island and educated in the law of the closely related(and now extinct) Bararru clan who paint and sing this story. read more

Djapu Larrakitj

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Artwork Djapu Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

Before the advent of modern transport and communications the heralding of a death within a group of Yolu to others took time. read more

Yarrinya - slaughter of totemic whale

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Artwork Yarrinya - slaughter of totemic whale
larrakitj

H: 189cm W: 0cm

{ula |urruwuthun (c1936 - 2001) was a senior man of the Munyuku clan who inherited the right to paint Munyuku clan paintings, along with the important title of Djirikay, from his father Djimbaryun. read more

Dha`wau Larrakitj

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Artwork Dha`wau Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 194cm W: 0cm

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

Dhalwau

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Artwork Dhalwau
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

Wayawu/Dhuruputjpi

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Artwork Wayawu/Dhuruputjpi
larrakitj

H: 170cm W: 0cm

The miny’tji (sacred clan designs) in the top panel is the artist’s mother clan, Magalili freshwater and talks of |oykal the Kingfish, rotting wood raga (sacred object) under the water and the sacred corms of the water lily representing the yothu (children) of the Magalili fed on by the Bilthu (Rifle fish). read more

Wandawuy and Balana

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Artwork Wandawuy and Balana
larrakitj

H: 162cm W: 0cm

Yananymul #1 father was Djapu statesman Mutitpuy Munungurr. 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

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

Yoku at Wayawu

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Artwork Yoku at Wayawu
larrakitj

H: 187cm W: 0cm

The miny’tji (sacred clan designs) is Magalili freshwater and talks of |oykal the Kingfish, rotting wood raga (sacred object) under the water and the sacred yoku (corms of the water lily) representing the yothu (children) of the Magalili fed on by the Bilthu (Rifle fish). read more

Wayawu/Dhurupitjpi

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Artwork Wayawu/Dhurupitjpi
larrakitj

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This is an unusual work in the breadth of sacred areas touched upon. 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

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

Baraltja

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Artwork Baraltja
larrakitj

H: 222cm W: 0cm

The painting on this larrakitj depicts Baraltja, a flood plains area and home of Mundukul the Lightning Snake. read more

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 273cm 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

Miriu

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Artwork Miriu
larrakitj

H: 297cm W: 0cm

This piece carries a design not often painted for the public. read more

Dhudi Djapu

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Artwork Dhudi Djapu
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Rulyapa

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Artwork Rulyapa
larrakitj

H: 375cm W: 0cm

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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 51cm W: 0cm

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

Yukuwa

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Artwork Yukuwa
larrakitj

H: 154cm W: 0cm

Yukuwa is one of the names of the artist and Yukuwa is the topic of this work. read more