East Arnhem Land Memorial Decorated Pole (AD046)
Description of item:
Lorrkon Hollow Log Memorial Pole; hard wood & natural earth ochres; fine gallery display; traditional intricately painted memorial pole hollow log; artist Wukun Wanambi; 2004.
Length: 153 cm (60 inches)
Diameter: 18.5 cm (7 inches)
Artist Wukun Wanambi, an active member of the Marrakulu clan, belongs to the Dhuwa moiety. He is also a previous NATSIAA award winner, having won prizes for his bark paintings and meticulously sculptured lattakitj (ceremonial bone coffin) in 1998 and 2003 respectively (and was awarded the Wandjuk Marika Memorial 3d award). He works at the Buku-Larrngay Mulka Centre at Yirrkala in the Northern Territory. Wukun was the oldest son of Mithili Wanambi, a clan leader and painter who passed away in 1981. Wukun took up painting in 1997 and learned the sacred designs of his father from elders who had kept the information in trust for him. His painting was a depiction of Bamurrunu, a sacred, white-domed rock in the middle of Trial Bay. It was the first time the motif has been painted since his father’s death.
Private Australian collection.