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Aboriginal art Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats

Warrnyu - Flying Fox 2011 synthetic polymer on canvas board 31 x 41 x 0 cm

Warrnyu - Flying Foxes 2011 synthetic polymer on canvas board 23 x 31 x 0 cm

Flying Foxes 2010 Natural Earth Pigments on Canvas Board 23 x 30 cm

Spider and Flying Fox 2011 synthetic polymer on canvas board 23 x 31 x 0 cm

Body Design II - Warrnyu Black Flying Fox Body Design screenprint 76 x 56 cm
$484 AUD

Body Design III - Warrnyu Black Flying Fox Bodypaint Design 2000

Johnny Bulunbulun is a senior member of the Ganalbingu group and is one of the most important singers and ceremonial men in north-central Arnhem land. His clan lands lie in the Arafura Swamp area, although he lives with the Burarra people at Wardeja. This is a Yirritja moiety painting which depicts warrnyu 'the flying fox' (Pteropus alecto). Warrnyu is the artist's clan totem and is shown here in the artist's country. The panels of cross-hatched stripes represent the rocks in this country, while the central black stripe represents water which springs from underground. The floral-type patterning on this stripe represents ngugarra 'bat faeces' which is significant to ceremony; it falls into the water from the high stones on either side of it where the bats live and play. The stripes of cross-hatching at the top, bottom and middle of this print mark the different sections of Ganalbingu country. This design is used for funerals and young men's ceremonies, when it is painted on the body of a man who has inherited the warrnyu as his clan totem. The same design is painted on the murrukunja, or 'morning star pole', used in the so-called 'morning star' ceremonies of ritual diplomacy which are staged between clans throughout Arnhem Land. During these ceremonies the design may also be painted on men's bodies. This design is owned by the Ganalbingu clan and cannot be copied by anyone else. This print depicts the public or 'outside' parts of the totem, but there are also a number of secret or 'inside' aspects that must remain unrevealed.

Eddie Blitner Taiita  Flying Fox  Date 2015
Area Roper River, NT  Catalogue 11414  Medium Acrylic on Canvas  Size (W x H) 32 x 20 cm

Dorothy Djukulul ~ Warrnyu (Flying Fox)


Charlie Djurritjini  Mawangi Totems, The Flying Fox, The Magpie Goose and The Black-Headed Python,
Flying Foxes 1995 Ochre on bark, 135 x 66 cm

Flying Foxes 1978  Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, 79 x 59 cm

Flying Foxes, C1980 Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark, 100 x 40 cm






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Aboriginal art Megabats, Flying-foxes, Fruit bats
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