Birriku

Etching
20 x 10cm
#143-19

The birriku (fighting sticks) depicted in this work are tipped with indentations that represent the tail of the ngoykal (giant trevally) who is traveling west through salt water country belonging to the Wobulkara clan, past Milingimbi Island to Yilan. The ngoykal is carrying raki (string) in his mouth, connecting Yirrita moiety clans and their ceremony lines which are also associated with the dhukurrurru (sacred rock).

The birriku is set amongst latjin (mangrove worms) in various states of growth and decay, represented by soft edge diamond miny’tji (patterning).

The (cross hatching) in this work represents Gapu Mornok, the mixing of salt and fresh, clean and dirty, Dhuwa and Yirritja water and the ceremonial obligations of clans to each other. 

$120.00

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Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation

The Milingimbi Art and Culture Aboriginal Corporation is a community owned Art Centre that maintains an important position in the national art and cultural arena. Milingimbi Art and Culture has a long history of producing works steeped in active cultural practice such as barks, ceremonial poles, carvings and weavings. Works from Milingimbi are integral to important collections in many National and International institutions.

 

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