An image of Mardayin design

John Mawurndjul

(Australia 1952 – )

Community
Maningrida, Arnhem region, Milmilngkan, Arnhem region
Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region

Mardayin design

Location
Not on display
Further information

This work by Mawurndjul concerns a major patrimoeity ceremony of a secret and sacred nature called Mardayin. Much of the meaning of the iconography in the print is not in the domain of public knowledge and so it cannot be explained in detail here.

The image refers to a site at Mumeka, which is an outstation in the artist's clan estate in the Mann River region. The Mardayin ceremony performance site is located on a large billabong covered in waterlillies. This place is about 50km south of Maningrida in Central North Arnhem Land.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004

Place of origin
Maningrida, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
2004
Media
Print
Medium
hard-ground etching, black ink on white wove Velin Arches 250gsm paper
Dimensions
64.0 x 34.5 cm platemark; 76.0 x 56.0 cm sheet
Signature & date

Signed l.r. beneath platemark, pencil "JOHNNY". Not dated.

Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2004
Accession number
169.2004
Copyright
© John Mawurndjul. Licensed by Copyrigh Agency