An image of Wagilag sisters story

Yilkari Kitani

(Australia 1891 – 1956)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Liyagalawumirr, Arnhem region

Wagilag sisters story

Other titles:
Wauwalag sisters myth
Location
Not on display
Further information

Tjam Yilkari Kitani held the authority for the Wägilak sisters ceremonial cycle until his death in 1956 and is widely recognised for laying the foundation for how the sisters are depicted in artworks by Liyagalawumirr artists. His use of a form of figurative visual language to capture the main protagonists and events associated with the sisters directly influenced the work of his nephew Dawidi and son Paddy Dhathangu, who subsequently inherited responsibility for the Wägilak sisters.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1955
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
63.7 x 36.0 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1962
Accession number
IA2.1962
Copyright
© Tjam Yilkari