1970/0XP5 The Spirit Man - Banumbirr

The Spirit Man - Banumbirr

Artist

BURRNDAY
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1914
 in
Milingimbi, East Arnhem Land, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
The Spirit Man - Banumbirr
Medium/Material
ochres on bark
Dimensions
79 x 55 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of the Parmelia Hotel, 1970
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1970/0XP5
Currently not on display

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Various accounts of Banumbirr, the Morning Star, exist across Arnhem Land. The Morning Star is kept in a dillybag by Banambu, a spirit who is sometimes a man and sometimes a woman; or it is kept by two women who release it just before dawn. Others believe that in the evening the Morning Star is let out on a long string. All night it crosses the heavens and in the morning as dawn begins to light the sky, the Morning Star is pulled back to the dillybag by the long string. As Banambu pulls back the string, the star guides to the Island of the Dead any deceased persons to their eternal resting place. The Banumbirr ceremony forms part of the final mortuary ceremony.

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