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Wanydjarrpu (Yolngu name)
Austrodolichos errabundus (Scott) Verdc. (Latin name)
Austrodolichos (Common name)
This plant belongs to the Dhuwa moiety
Botanical information about this plant:
Commonly found from the western side of Cape York to western Arnhem Land on well drained soils in Eucalypt savanna.
A botanical painting in natural pigments and ochres on eucalyptus stringy bark, depicting the native plant species Wandydjarrpu. The painting features three plant forms with ovoid tubers at the bottom extending into leaves at the top. The tubers are crosshatched in white, red-brown, yellow-ochre and black, and outlined in white. The leaves are white. The background is crosshatched in black, white and yellow-ochre. The entire painting is bordered in red-brown. On the reverse of the bark, the number '4609I' is handwritten in black ink on the label, and there is a 'BUKU-LARRNGAY MULKA' adhesive label attached, including the artist's name and other details.
The collection consists of nine larrakitj, or painted hollow logs, and 113 bark paintings painted between 2011 and 2014 by Mulkun Wirrpanda, a senior female Yolngu artist at Yirrkala in north east Arnhem Land. These works are a product of Wirrpanda's interest in documenting the ecology of her country following her participation in a joint project with non-Indigeous artists, printmakers and academics, charting the country and yam supply at Blue Mud Bay.
The works in this collection provide a unique visual record of Yolngu knowledge of plants and food-bearing and medicinal species. Wirrpanda depicts aspects of the plants' life cycle across numerous works, including the gestational period through to fruiting and the interconnections between the food source and the extensive freshwater flood plains and rivers, beaches, sandhills, salt flats and estuaries in her Yolngu country.
W 268mm x H 426mm x D 25mm