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funeral corroboree: practice ceremony
  • Balilbalil
    active 1950–1965
    active: Australia
  • funeral corroboree: practice ceremony, 1950–1965
  • Where object was made: Oenpelli, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • eucalyptus tree bark, pigment, wood, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 61.5 x 40 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 3/16 x 15 3/4 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift of Edward L. Ruhe
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0171

Flattened rectangle of bark. Wooden dowel at top and bottom held in place with plant fiber cord at regular intervals. Brown field.

Large irregular shape at top, filled with red and white stripes. Ten human figures appear to be dancing in a circle. They each have large stylized feathers at hips and carry a stick. They are filled with red and white stripes.