Guku ga Wunkurra


111 x 54 cm / PAINTING – Ochre on Bark

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The coloured lines in the top and bottom sections of this work are associated with the Wankurra (bandicoot) and are used as Birrkurra (body paint) during the Ngarra ceremony by Gupapuyngu men, as is the diamond pattern in the centre of the work which represents Guku Galanyin (native bee hive wax). The central design in the top of the work represents the ‘nose’ of the Galanyin that protrudes from the hive and can be seen on the outside of the tree.

The ‘Rarrk’ (cross hatching) on either side of the central design represents flowing Guku (honey) and the solid yellow block at the base of the work is the Dhurrdi Dharpa (the tree stump). The white adornments which are often hanging from the centre of the design are Nyerrk (sulphur crested cockatoo) feathers that are worn as arm bands at the Gupapuyngu Ngarra ceremony.

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