20 x 10cm
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.
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