Greg Ullungurra

(Australia  – )

Community
Melville Island, North region
Language group
Tiwi

Jabiru

Location
Not on display
Further information

Carved representations of this huge-beaked swamp bird derive from graveside poles. The painted design, although held in this case to represent the bird’s feathers, is typical of the decorative panelling which is applied to some poles. The material is ironwood, favoured as the medium for poles because of its extreme hardness and resistance to deterioration in the tropical elements.
Harry Messel

Place of origin
Melville Island, Northern Territory, Australia
Cultural origin
Tiwi Islands
Year
circa 1960s
Media
Sculpture
Medium
carved and painted ironwood
Dimensions
87.0 x 14.0 cm
Credit
Gift of Harry Messel 1990
Accession number
131.1990
Copyright
© Greg Ullungarra