An image of Niwuda (Yirritja honey)

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

(Australia 1928 – 1982)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region

Niwuda (Yirritja honey)

Other titles:
Yirritja honey bee, Yirritja Honey Bee design (Niwuda), Yirritja honey bee design
Location
Temporary exhibitions gallery
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
Year
collected 1960
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
Dimensions
74.5 x 35.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Accession number
IA48.1960
Copyright
© Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Sydney