Nänyin Maymuru | Sacred Object and Freshwater Designs

Nänyin Maymuru

Sacred Object and Freshwater Designs, c.1963

Raŋga ga Rapiny Miny’tji

Clan

Maŋgalili

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In Raŋga ga Rapiny Miny’tji | Sacred Object and Freshwater Designs (1963), the central figure is incorporated or contained within the clan designs. The shape evokes two bathi with hints of other referents—the yoku and the sea monster associated with mortuary rituals, which we will encounter later on in Maŋgalili saltwater paintings. The dillybags that contain yoku corms are analogous to ancestral wombs containing spirit children. The paintings also reference Ŋuykal (the Kingfish ancestor), who appears in the other three paintings of Wayawupuy.


– Howard Morphy

Additional Information

Decade

c.1963

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

32 1/8 x 19 3/4

Dimensions (CM)

81.6 x 50.2

Credit

Kluge-Ruhe Aboriginal Art Collection of the University of Virginia. Gift of John W. Kluge, 1997. 1996.0035.003.

Clan

Maŋgalili

The Maŋgalili are a Yirritja moiety clan. Their saltwater homeland is at Djarrakpi on the...

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Location

Wayawupuy

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Location

1960

In 1960, Narritjin Maymuru won various prizes in the Aboriginal art category at the Darwin...

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

c.1914-1969

Alternative Names

Nänyin Maymuru

Nänyin Maymuru was the elder brother of Narritjin Maymuru. Along with his brother, he painted the Maŋgalili section of the Yirrkala Church Panels and developed the distinctive Maŋgalili school of painting continued by their children Baluka Maymuru, Galuma Maymuru and Naminapu Maymuru-White.

Pieces By Decade

1960

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