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 the artist concerns a major patrimoiety ceremony of a secret and sacred nature called Mardayin. Much of the meaning of the iconography in the painting is not in the domain of public knowledge and so it cannot be explained in detail here.

The painting refers to a site, Kakodbebuldi, which is an outstation in Dangkorlo clan estate in the Mann River region. Kakodbebuldi is a Mardayin ceremony performance site and is located on a large billabong covered in waterlillies. This place is about 50km south of Maningrida in Central North Arnhem Land.

© Maningrida Arts & Culture 2004

Place of origin
Maningrida, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
2004
Media
Print
Medium
etching, 'Maningrida brown' ink on white BFK Rives Moulin du Gué wove paper
Dimensions
33.2 x 16.6 cm platemark; 50.1 x 33.0 cm sheet (irreg.)
Signature & date

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

Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 2005
Accession number
4.2005.4
Copyright
© John Mawurndjul/Maningrida Arts and Culture. Licensed by Copyright Agency