Banaka and Gunmatj at Ganajangga (Digging Sticks and Sacred Dilly Bags)

LES MIRRIKKURRIYA (1932-1996) Biography
KUNWINJKU LANGUAGE GROUP (founded 1940)

Banaka and Gunmatj at Ganajangga (Digging Sticks and Sacred Dilly Bags) (Australia, 1989)

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Bark and natural pigment

Dimensions

175.50cm high
91.30cm wide
(69.09 inches high)
(35.94 inches wide)
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Provenance

Maningrida Arts and Crafts

Description / Expertise

This painting is about a site known generally as Gugatjirri, the area where the fish trap has been put in place is known as Ngalgamba or Marrmarra.
The Manjabu or fish trap is made from local vine, Milil (Malaysia scandens). Inside several species of fish have been trapped, these include: Marrngnun or Djalumbu - Catfish; Galerr - Long Tom Fish; Dawunburr and Ngarrtbil.
Also used in conjunction with Manjabu is Wallabi, a knotted string net used to pick up small fish.