Guku Galinyin (Yirritja Bee Hive and Honey Body Paint Design)

20 x 10cm

This design belongs Gupapuyŋu people of the Yirritja moiety. It is used for body painting in the Ŋarra mens ceremony and Dhapi (making man) ceremony. The diamond pattern in the work represents Guku Galanyin (bush honey wax). When the Ŋarra ceremony is finished Yirritja participants dance to the salt water and are cleansed by people of the Dhuwa moiety who splash them, washing the body paint off.
The sharp triangular shapes at the centre top of the work represent the ‘nose’ of the Galanyin (bee hive) that protrudes from the hive and can be seen on the outside of a tree containing a native bee hive. The diamond shapes in the centre of the work represent the bee hive and the rarrk (cross hatching) on either side is the flowing guku (honey). The solid shaded block at the base of the work is the dhurrdi dharpa (the tree stump).


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