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.

Lulumu

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Artwork Lulumu
larrakitj

H: 234cm W: 0cm

The Madarrpa travelled to live permanently at Båniyala, clan land north on Blue Mud Bay under the direction of clan leader and father to the artist, Wakuthi. read more

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 285cm W: 0cm

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

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

Wurran ga Minhala ga Dakawa

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Artwork Wurran ga Minhala ga Dakawa
larrakitj

H: 193cm W: 0cm

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

Manybalala

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Artwork Manybalala
larrakitj

H: 145cm 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

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
larrakitj

H: 198cm W: 0cm

A sacred expanse of water behind the Gå]ga] outstation is referred to as Gulutji. read more

Gulutji

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Artwork Gulutji
larrakitj

H: 285cm W: 0cm

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

Dhudi-Djapu Larrakitj

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Artwork Dhudi-Djapu Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 200cm 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

Buyku

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Artwork Buyku
larrakitj

H: 262cm 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

Dhakandjali

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Artwork Dhakandjali
larrakitj

H: 263cm W: 0cm

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

Gulwirri

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Artwork Gulwirri
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

The sacred clan design for Galpu country has been used in this painting to identify the surface of the smooth water, showing the representations of rainbow reflections, similar to an oil slick, to that of the skin of the olive python Wititj. read more

Burru=tji

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Artwork Burru=tji
larrakitj

H: 120cm W: 0cm

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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 242cm W: 0cm

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

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

Milngiyawuy - the Milky Way

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Artwork Milngiyawuy - the Milky Way
larrakitj

H: 200cm 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

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

Djapu Miny’tji

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Artwork Djapu Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 257cm W: 0cm

The cross hatching grid pattern is the sacred design for 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

Yanawal

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Artwork Yanawal
larrakitj

H: 217cm W: 0cm

This painting is about Wuyal, the ancestral sugarbag man, an important ancestor of the Marrakulu clan of northeast Arnhem Land. read more

Gurtha

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Artwork Gurtha
larrakitj

H: 191cm W: 0cm

Rerrkirrwaa has painted her husband’s clan minytji - that of the Gumatj clan. read more

Gumatj Larrakitj

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Artwork Gumatj Larrakitj
larrakitj

H: 185cm 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

Bamurruu

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Artwork Bamurruu
larrakitj

H: 161cm W: 0cm

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

Yukuwa

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Artwork Yukuwa
larrakitj

H: 150cm W: 0cm

Dhudi Djapu Miny’tji

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Artwork Dhudi Djapu Miny’tji
larrakitj

H: 217cm W: 217cm

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

Birrkuda Rigitj

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Artwork Birrkuda Rigitj
larrakitj

H: 233cm W: 0cm

It is a Honey site of Ancestral times sung by the Yirritja. read more

Baraltja

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Artwork Baraltja
larrakitj

H: 0cm W: 0cm

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

Gangan

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Artwork Gangan
larrakitj

H: 276cm W: 0cm

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

Miliyawuy

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Artwork Miliyawuy
larrakitj

H: 211cm 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

Garraparra

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Artwork Garraparra
larrakitj

H: 340cm W: 0cm

The beautiful rendition of the sea at Garraparra. read more