Wilson Manydjarri Ganambarr | Shark of the Djambarrpuyŋu Clan

Wilson Manydjarri Ganambarr

Shark of the Djambarrpuyŋu Clan, 1996

Djambarrpuyŋu Mäna

Clan

Djambarrpuyŋu

Clan

Mäna

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More Info

In this work, Manydjarri has painted imagery from his Märi (mother’s mother’s clan) – the Djambarrpuyŋu. This painting refers to the spearing of the ancestral shark Bulmanydji by a Yirritja spirit man. The bottom and top halves of the painting show the shark before and after he is speared. The artist called the top image of Bulmanydji “the ghost” and the bottom image “wounded.” The shark is wearing the Yirritja barbed spears and producing the Dhuwa spears Dhämarrarr, which are traditionally made from stingray barbs. They represent the teeth of Mäna (shark). The ancestral shark is set against Djambarrpuyŋu clan designs and saltwater patterns.


– Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre

Additional Information

Decade

1996

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

75 ⅞ x 22 ¾

Dimensions (CM)

192.72 x 57.79

Credit

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. Gift of John W. Kluge, 1997. 1996.0035.017

Clan

Djambarrpuyŋu

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Narrative

Mäna

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Location

Gurala

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Location

1990

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

Born c.1945

Alternative Names

Wilson Manydjarri Ganambarr

The son of Mowarra Ganambarr, Manydjarri Ganambarr is the current leader of the Ḏäṯiwuy clan. He splits his time between Milingimbi, Yirrkala and Galiwin’ku (Elcho Island) and has painted for all three art centers. He is an extremely knowledgeable and powerful song man who paints intricate designs from both his mother’s and father’s estates.

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia

National Gallery of Australia

University of New South Wales