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A typed paper label, probably from the Milingimbi Mission, is glued to the back of the painting. It reads:
The artist has portrayed the Banumbirr (Morning Star) totems and Banumbu, the spirit of the deceased on its way to the home of departed spirits. To the right isa tree of bush food which supposedly sustains the spirit on its long journey. The sacred butterflies, which are already in the land of departed spirits, are collecting honey for the spirits.
This myth and ceremony belong to the Djambarrpuyngu clan.
Painted by BURANDAY
Millingingimbi Methodist Mission
Ochres on bark. Painting depicts a spirit (black, centre) with 2 morning star totems on left & 1 on right (crosshatched poles with feathered strings). Far right is a leafy fruit-bearing plant. Numerous butterflies around, on dotted background. Red background.
L 895mm x W 642mm