1968/XA24 Bone coffin

Bone coffin

Artist

Charlie ANAWUDJARA
Aboriginal/Indigenous; Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1910
 in
Maningrida, West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Death:
1970
 in
Australia

Artwork

Title
Bone coffin
Date
1968
Medium/Material
ochres on carved wood
Dimensions
161.5 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1968
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1968/XA24
Currently not on display

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Nowadays, hollow log coffins are referred to by the same names given to the hollow log burial ceremony – a mortuary ceremony unique to the people of Arnhem Land. The ceremony and coffins are equally known as Dupun, Lorrkon, Djalumbu, Badurru, Mudukundja, Mululu and Larajeje or Larrakitj. The different names reflect some of the many languages spoken across the Arnhem Land region.

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