2010/0024 Baizam Tirig (Sharks teeth)

Baizam Tirig (Sharks teeth)

Artist

Ricardo IDAGI
Torres Strait Islander/Indigenous
Birth:
1957
 in
Waiben (Thursday Island), Torres Strait, Queensland

Artwork

Title
Baizam Tirig (Sharks teeth)
Date
2008
Medium/Material
feathers, mussel shell, goa nuts, tooth, bamboo, cane and raffia
Dimensions
85.8 x 51.0 x 39.0 cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of the Artist, 2010
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2010/0024
Currently not on display

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Dance machines (kab teir) that have moving parts, masks and headdresses (dhari) such as this one, are worn by dancers and others in ceremonies throughout the Torres Strait (Zenadh Kes). Idagi’s exquisite headdress is typical of headdresses from the island region, especially those that are fashioned in likeness or homage to the artist or wearer’s totem. The shark is an important totemic animal and ancestor for Idagi and others, such as artist Ken Thaiday Snr, who are from the eastern region of the Torres Strait.Artists and other cultural caretakers are reviving the culture and craft of making traditional cultural ornaments. The practice decreased, and nearly ended, with the introduction of Christianity in the 19th century.

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