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MCA Aboriginal Art: Fine Lines: works of ornamentation and design by Maningrida Artists

Museum of Contemporary Art Australia (MCA)

Duration

16 March to 25 October 1999

Guest curator: Diane Moon

About the exhibition

Decorative items were the primary focus of this selection from the MCA’s Maningrida Collection. These remarkable works, selected by Diane Moon from the collection she compiled in 1985-86, were made in the 1980s by women from Maningrida, a coastal Aboriginal community in central Arnhem Land.

The artists used shells, feathers, ochres and intricate weaving patterns to create both practical and ceremonial objects of great refinement and beauty. Many items such as beaded necklaces and woven skirts were used to decorate the body. The women continually reinvented traditional forms and patterns, and improvised new ways of using materials.

The Maningrida Collection of Aboriginal Art consists of approximately 600 works of various media by Maningrida artists. The Collection is held in trust for the people of Maningrida on a long-term basis under a unique cultural agreement. The works were all created in the mid-to-late 1980s, and made, for the most part by women, revealing their ingenuity and ability to maintain strong links with the past, while at the same time incorporating new ideas and materials. Some traditional pieces – such as dragnets, fish traps and hunting bags – had been produced collectively by men and women.

The Maningrida Collection, together with the Ramingining Collection and the Arnott’s Collection are three collections of Aboriginal art which complement one another, and came to the MCA due to its commitment to and involvement with Aboriginal communities, and a curatorial perspective from ‘within’ the communities in the case of the two closely related areas of Ramingining and Maningrida.

Featuring Works from the MCA Collection

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  • Boln'narru (dance belt)
  • (bush string and feather dilly bag)
  • Djerrk (string and feather bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag with feathers)
  • (feather and bush string skirt)
  • (feathers on a stick)
  • (feather string skirt)
  • Golbordok (honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (honey collecting bag)
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
  • (parrot feather string)
  • (parrot feather string)
  • Seed pod necklace
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
  • (shell necklace)
  • Shell necklace
Mabel Anaka-anaburra
  • Anjarlabakala (conch shell)
  • Anjarlabakala (painted conch shell)
  • (conical pandanus palm mat)
Nancy Bandiama
  • (bush string and feather dilly bag (wrapped mouth of bag))
Jill Bangamala
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
England Banggala
  • Jin-gubardabiya (triangular pandanus palm skirt)
Ruby Bilidja
  • (godburr string and feather dilly bag)
Jacky Bunkaniyal
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
Glades Campion
  • Djerrk (string bag) hand-spun bark fibre string with bustard feathers
Tracey Cooper
  • (pandanus palm ochred dilly bag)
  • (seed pod necklace, decorated with ochre)
Mary Dadbalag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
Laura Dalman
  • Djerrk (string bag)
Lena Djamarrayku
  • (bush string and feather dilly bag)
  • (bush string and feather dilly bag, wrapped handle, knotted technique)
  • (bush string and kookaburra feather dilly bag)
  • (bush string dilly bag with bustard feathers)
  • Dance ornament
  • (emu feather fan on stick)
  • (emu feathers on stick)
  • (feather and bush string dilly bag)
  • Kunmadj (carved collecting bag)
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Walabi (rectangular fish net)
  • Walabi (rectangular fish trap)
  • Worra (public version of man's ceremonial bag)
Rosie Djunmujunggul
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
Elizabeth Gamalanga
  • (feather and bush string dilly bag)
George Garrawun
  • Golbordok (honey collecting bag)
Phillip Lilipiyana Gudthaykudthay
  • Kunmadj (carved collecting bag)
Bridget Djingadarr Bulkbulk Gudupudu
  • Djerrk (string bag)
Alice Gundaburrburr
  • Bone necklace
  • Decorated feather ornament
  • (emu and cockatoo feathers on stick)
  • Kangaroo teeth necklace
  • (reed necklace)
  • Reed necklace
  • Reed necklace (grass bugle bead necklace)
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
  • Seed pod necklace
Nellie Guralwal
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket
Lena Gurinyia
  • (pandanus palm coil open weave basket, circular 1 handle)
Hazel
  • (shell necklace)
Susan Imangala
  • (bush string and eagle feather dilly bag)
  • (feather string necklace)
Susan Inmingala
  • (black and red parrot feather fan)
  • Cone necklace (velvet pods)
  • Feather dancing ornament
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones
  • Necklace of decorated banksia ones
  • (seed pod necklace)
James Iyuna
  • Lorrkon (hollow log burial pole)
Mary Jin-guwaraba
  • Burlupurr (pandanus palm collecting bag)
  • Jin-gubardabiya (triangular pandanus palm skirt)
  • Jin-gubardabiya (triangular pandanus palm skirt)
Ruby Jinmanga
  • (pandanus palm/ochred dilly bag)
Lena Kala Kala
  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag)
Jack Kalakala
  • Burlupurr (pandanus palm collecting bag)
Anchor Kalunba
  • Kunmatj/Manjabu (burney vine hunting bag)
Elizabeth Kanabuma
  • Pandanus coil weave basket
  • (pandanus coil weave basket circular, one handle)
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket
Nancy Kaybbirama
  • Kunmatj/Manjabu (burney vine hunting bag)
Margaret Lanbupu
  • (pandanus palm ochred dilly bag)
  • (pandanus palm ochred dilly bag)
  • (pandanus palm ochred dilly bag)
  • (pandanus palm ochred dilly bag)
  • (pandanus palm ochred dilly bag)
  • Seed pod necklace
Lorna Langiwanga
  • (black and red cockatoo feather fan)
  • (black and red cockatoo feather fan) (same tag no. as 3888)
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones
  • Necklace of decorated banksia cones
  • (seed pod necklace)
Margaret Lollop
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
Frank Malkorda
  • An-gugechiya (fish trap)
Minnie Manarrdjala
  • Naberkerra (drag net)
  • Napiya (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
Mary Marabamba
  • Kunmadj (pandanus palm collecting bag)
Agnes Marrawu
  • Djerrk (string bag with feathers)
Mary
  • Rolled bark skirt
Jack Mawilil
  • Gulgul ((emu feather ornament))
John Mawurndjul
  • Ancestral spirit beings collecting honey
Mabel Mayangal
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
  • Pandanus palm collecting bag
Cameron Miliwanga
  • Golbordok (honey collecting bag)
Laurie Miljita
  • Djerrk (string bag with feathers)
Shirley Minyingarla
  • (bush string dilly bag with feather)
  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Djerrk (string bag)
  • Maytika (decorated ornament)
  • (shell necklace)
  • Shell necklace
  • (snail shell necklace)
Elizabeth Mipilanggurr
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • Worra (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
Mary Mirdaburrwa
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
Les Mirrikuriya
  • Kun-karnin (digging sticks), Worra(sacred pandanus bags), and the clan water holes which they created
Rosie Myalbi
  • (bush string and bustard feather dilly bag wrapped handle with feathers also in handle)
  • (bush string and bustard feather (other feathers) dilly bag)
Jack Nawilil
  • (emu feathers on stick)
  • Mularra (ceremonial morning star pole)
Barbara Ngalmababa
  • Balirr - ceremonial body ornament
Lena Rungwarnga
  • Dance skirt
  • (feather skirt)
  • (feather skirt)
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket
Mary Sananggai
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
Becky Singleton
  • (bush string and feather dilly bag)
  • Reed necklace
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
Lyn Singleton
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
Mary Walatjarra
  • Golbordok (pandanus palm honey collecting bag)
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
Glen Watson
  • (pandanus palm dilly bag)
Elizabeth Wood
  • (large pole, with emu feathers, ochred, cross-hatched)
  • (small pole, with emu feathers, ochred, cross-hatched)
Happy Wudjarra
  • (pandanus palm ochred dilly bag)
Rosie Wulungurr
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket
  • Pandanus palm coil weave basket, circular zig zag, open weave
  • Pandanus palm disc, open and coil weave
Jack Wunuwun
  • Fish trap story
Kaye Yaibungala
  • Ceremonial yam sculpture
  • Ceremonial yam sculpture
  • Ceremonial yam sculpture
  • (egret feather and bush string dilly bag)
  • Feathered string
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • Seed pod necklace
Lena Yarinkura
  • (bark string and feather skirt)
  • (bark string and feather skirt)
  • (bark string skirt)
  • Dance ornament
  • Dance ornament
  • (feather necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • (seed pod necklace)
  • Seed pod necklace
  • (snail shell necklace)
Chris Yawirryawirr
  • (godburr string innovative dilly bag wooden struts, feathers, one handle, like a small fish trap)