An image of Niwuda (Yirritja honey)

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

(Australia 1928 – 1982)

Milingimbi, Arnhem region, Djarraya, Napier Peninsula/Arnhem region
Language group
Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region

Niwuda (Yirritja honey)

Other titles:
Jiridja honey bee, Yirritja Honey Bee Design (Niwuda)
Not on display
Further information

Binyinyuwuy celebrates the communal joy associated with collecting sugarbag (wild honey) in 'Niwuda (Yirritja honey)' c1960. This intricate bark painting, consisting of diamond-patterned designs painted with brilliant ochres, refers to the Gupapuyngu Daygurrgurr clan of Binyinyuwuy’s mother. The hive is ingeniously depicted, with the variations in colour referring to the honeycomb filled with honey, wax, pollen, dead bees and debris. The black circle and pointed cone represent the built-up opening of the hive, while also referring to sacred objects made of painted and decorated wood or rolled paperbark bound with string, to signify honey in ceremony.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
circa 1960
Bark painting
natural pigments on bark
102.9 x 25.1 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Accession number
© Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd