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© James lyuna/ Licensed by Viscopy, 2017

Manjabu fishtrap painting

Date: 1989
2123 mm, 60 kg
Display Dimensions: 1970 x 803 x 10 mm, 6000 kg
Medium: Natural pigment, eucalyptus bark, milil vine
Credit Line: ANMM Collection
Object Copyright: © James lyuna
Object Name: Bark painting
Object No: 00006450
Place Manufactured:Mumeka

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    Bark painting entitled "Manjabu-fishtrap" made by James Iyuna at Mumeka, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia.

    The lengthy bark-painting tradition of Arnhem Land in characteristic x-ray or, rarrk or cross-hatched style and the strong creative culture and customs are clearly exhibited in this painting.
    SignificanceFish traps are an important part of life in areas of Arnhem Land. Deceptively simple looking, the traps reflect a deep understanding of the environment and conditions and a high level of skill by the makers.
    HistoryJames Iyuna, born 1959, lives at Mumeka adjacent to the Liverpool River. He is the son of a famous maker of fishtraps, Anchor Kalumba.

    Western Arnhem Land is the area of the Northern Territory close to Kakadu National Park, encompassing the settlement of Oenpelli, the Alligator and Liverpool Rivers and Crocker and Goulburn Islands. It is an area rich in rockpainting, and has a lengthy bark-painting tradition; all in characteristic x-ray or, rarrk or cross-hatched style. Local custom and the region's strong creative culture come together in this impressive bark painting.
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