An image of Dreaming before a circumcision

Bob Bilinyara

(Australia circa 1915 – 1975)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region, NO REGION SPECIFIED
Language group
Djinang, Arnhem region

Dreaming before a circumcision

Location
Not on display
Further information

Bob Bilinyara was central to the group of artists working in Milingimbi in the 1950s. Like Makani he later resided in Maningrida, where he played a leading role mentoring younger artists, and also at Nangalala. He was among the group of Yolngu men enlisted as part of Donald Thompson’s Special Reconnaissance Unit, charged with protecting Australia’s northern coastline during the later stages of World War II. Bilinyara was also a respected surgeon; in this work, he gives figurative form to those involved in an initiation ceremony.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
(circa 1959)
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
61.0 x 36.5 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
Accession number
IA42.1959
Copyright
© Bilinyara Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artist Agency Ltd, Sydney.