Worrwurr - Dhuḏuthuḏu by Djul’djul Gurruwiwi (3 Owls)
About the Artist
Djul’djul is the daughter of the famous Gälpu clan artist Mithinarri Gurruwiwi. She is a very precise and knowledgeable wood carver and painter. Together with her sister Manany and brother Watjuku (deceased) they have inherited a lot of painting knowledge and skill from their father. All three artists also share the same Gumatj mother, Duwambu Burarrwaŋa.
Details of the work
The worrwurr belongs to the Yirritja moiety and is an important totem.
Dhuḏuthuḏu is the name for the frog-mouth which is from the Dhuwa moiety.
Datiwuy and Ngaymil sing this bird dhuḏuthuḏu (Podargus Strigoides) together and it joins their two clans. They also connect to Gälpu and Djambarrpuyŋu through this law. Its country is near Yaŋunbi and is known as Warrathiri or Munumbal. Elders have said that it is not deep law but just something that they sing and dance.
Size: 68 x 7 cm
Catalogue Number 4459-20
General Information About Carvings
This work is a decorative piece made from renewable wood which is usually harvested from the tree in the dry season. Preferred woods are Maḻwan (Hibiscus Tiliaceus), Gunhirr (Blind-Your-Eye-Mangrove), Wuḏuku (mangrove wood), Barraṯa (Kapok). The wood is skinned and left to dry for a short period. It is then shaped by a knife or axe. After the surface is sanded smooth the painting begins. The paints used are earth pigments: red (meku), yellow (Gaŋgul) and black (gurrŋan). After an outline of the composition is laid down the marwat or crosshatching commences. An alternative to painting the cross hatching is to use a razor to incise fine lines and reveal the light coloured wood underneath.
About Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre
Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka Centre is the Indigenous community controlled art centre of North East Arnhem Land. Located in Yirrkala, a small Aboriginal community on the North Eastern tip of the Top End of the Northern Territory, approximately 700km east of Darwin. Our primarily Yolŋu (Aboriginal) staff of around twenty services Yirrkala and the approximately twenty-five homeland centres in the radius of 200km.
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