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.

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

Miliyawuy

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Artwork Miliyawuy
larrakitj

H: 217cm W: 0cm

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

Milngiyawuy - the Milky Way

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Artwork Milngiyawuy - the Milky Way
larrakitj

H: 278cm 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

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

Dhudi Djapu Miny’tji

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Artwork Dhudi Djapu Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 219cm 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

Dhakandjali

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Artwork Dhakandjali
larrakitj

H: 350cm W: 0cm

Dhakandjali is the name for this burial pole. It’s other name can be Dhupundji. read more

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 202cm W: 0cm

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

Gayitj

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Artwork Gayitj
larrakitj

H: 169cm W: 0cm

Baluka is the leader of the magalili clan. He has painted Maywundji, an area of Magalili country shared with the Munyuku clan. read more

Marrakulu Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrakulu Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 120cm W: 0cm

Guwaykuway is a learned elder of the Marrakulu clan from the Dhuwa moiety. read more

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 210cm W: 0cm

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

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

Munyuku

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Artwork Munyuku
larrakitj

H: 215cm W: 0cm

Barayuwa has done his mother’s Munyuku clan’s design, inspired by the late ritual specialist and artist {ula |urruwutthun. 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

Warrukay

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Artwork Warrukay
larrakitj

H: 198cm W: 0cm

This larrakitj identifies the reservoirs of the |aymil/Datiwuy clan. 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

Marrau Miny’tji

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Artwork Marrau Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 215cm W: 0cm

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

Galpu at Garrimala

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Artwork Galpu at Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 220cm W: 0cm

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

Gumatj Larrakitj-Gurtha

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Artwork Gumatj Larrakitj-Gurtha
larrakitj

H: 215cm 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

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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

Warrukay

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Artwork Warrukay
larrakitj

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This work of Djandi’s identifies the reservoirs of the |aymil/Datiwuy clan. read more

Gumatj larrakitj

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Artwork Gumatj larrakitj
larrakitj

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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

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

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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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 252cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. 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

Garrimala

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Artwork Garrimala
larrakitj

H: 155cm W: 0cm

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

Mundukul

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Artwork Mundukul
larrakitj

H: 189cm W: 0cm

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

Ganal at Wandawuy

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Artwork Ganal at Wandawuy
larrakitj

H: 204cm 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

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