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funeral corroboree: dance of visiting tribe
  • Balilbalil
    active 1950–1965
    active: Australia
  • funeral corroboree: dance of visiting tribe, 1950–1965
  • Where object was made: Oenpelli (present-day Gunbalanya), Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • eucalyptus tree bark, pigment, wood, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 69 x 49 x 3.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 1/8 x 19 1/4 x 1 3/8 in
  • Gift of Edward L. Ruhe
  • On view: Stewart Gallery, 406, W7
  • 1971.0169
Label Text

Flattened rectangle of bark with a wooden rod across top and bottom, held in place with plant fiber cords at regular intervals. Brown field. One large scale human figure and six smaller scale human fiugres. Each filled with crosshatching in red and white. They are in a variety of positions: Top facing left appears to be playing a didgeridoo. Center figure and large figure both appear to have a pair of sticks. The remaining figures appear to be dancing.