An image of Wurrpan (emu)

Buranday Waynbarrnga

(Australia circa 1914 – 1980)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Djambarrpuyngu, Arnhem region

Wurrpan (emu)

Location
Not on display
Further information

The spirited work 'Wurrpan (emu)' c1950s showcases Buranday’s skill with three-dimensional forms. Constructed from paperbark bound with handmade string it eloquently captures the character of an emu and is held by the dancer personifying the emu within the Wurrpan ceremony. Binyinyuwuy danced with such a sculpture at a Wurrpan ceremony in Milingimbi in the 1960s, as recorded by Alan Fidock, with Dawidi his hunter.

Place of origin
Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1950s
Media
Sculpture
Medium
natural pigments on paperbark, vegetable fibre string, beeswax, featherspainted decoration
Dimensions
61 x 7.6 x 7.6 cm
Credit
Purchased 1962
Accession number
IA25.1962
Copyright
© Buranday. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney