1968/XA32 Wuramu post (Macassan)

Wuramu post (Macassan)

Artist

NGULBURAI
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1920
 in
Elcho Island, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Wuramu post (Macassan)
Date
1967
Medium/Material
ochres on carved wood
Dimensions
165 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1968
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1968/XA32
Currently not on display

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Wuramu posts are thought to be derived from Macassan mortuary posts. Macassans from nearby Indonesia regularly visited the Top End of Australia for centuries before the British arrived in 1788 (Caruana pers comm 2016).

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Vernon id: 1522