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This is a Yirritja moiety design. The diamond shaped cells are the cells in a bee hive, the different colours showing cells empty, half-full and full of honey. This painting portrays the sacred "sugarbag" or wild honey design which was given to the Gupapungngu by the creator being Laindjung. Sugar bag (honey) was given to the Gubabungu by Laindjung there was also another man whose name is Dubwiidji. The design symbolises the honey and is painted on the bodies of dancers. This painting is also associated with fire. [ATSIC card catalogue].
A bark painting worked with ochres on bark. It depicts a central shape with a yellow base and pointed top. The central section of the shape has brown, white and black diamond designs with white and black dots. The background of the painting has the same diamond design with further diamonds painted in brown, light brown and white cross hatching. The painting has yellow ends and a yellow border down one side.
The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Affairs Art collection comprises 2050 artworks and other objects. The artworks - which numerically dominate the collection - were produced by Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander communities throughout Australia. The accumulation of these artworks into a single collection has resulted from the choices and selections made during a 38 year period by a variety of staff working for the Council for Aboriginal Affairs (CAA), the Department of Aboriginal Affairs (DAA), the Aboriginal Development Commission (ADC) and the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission (ATSIC) at the national, regional and local levels.
The collection spans the years following the 1967 referendum, when dramatic changes in the governance of Aboriginal people took place, up to 2005 when the Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Commission was dissolved. It provides a snapshot of the diversity and changes in Indigenous art and its representation which occurred during the period of its formation. The small number of 'non-art' objects in the collection is also significant in providing insights into the working of the various Commonwealth bodies involved in Indigenous affairs. As well as the significance of many of the individual pieces, the collection is also significant as a whole, as a complex artefact stemming from Australia's history of governance of Australian Indigenous peoples.
W 635mm x H 1220mm x D 90mm
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