Male spirit with spearthrower (borndok) and hooked spear (bokko)

Wally Mandarrk

Male spirit with spearthrower (borndok) and hooked spear (bokko), n.d.

Born Kurlidjkalh or Djidkdul, Northern Territory, Australia 1915, died Northern Territory 1987

A senior member of the Barabba clan from South-Central Arnhem Land, Wally Mandarrk was one of the last artists known to paint on rock. His paintings of mimih spirits, bush food, animals and plants were painted in a simple figural style with thick, white pigment made from natural materials. Twenty-nine of Mandarrk’s bark paintings are included in the Cbus Collection, seven of which are featured on this website.

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