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Balku Wunuŋmurra yiḏaki F/G (HLY-276)

$600

1 in stock

A great instrument from Balku: easy-to-play drone and toot, medium backpressure, clear and crisp sound with great acoustics; the chamber is open all the way through the body, therefore the sound is straight forward. The only unusual feature of this yiḏaki is the thick wall – usually Balku creates lighter, slim instruments. A good catch for both traditional and contemporary players.

Key: F
Length: 128.5cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.7-3cm
Available from Sydney, Australia with worldwide shipping

For details and specifications see the ‘Additional information‘ tab below.

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Cultural context

Maker: Balku Wunuŋmurra
Clan: Dhaḻwaŋu
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Gurrumuru
Gurrumuru is a well-established homeland, about 2 hours drive from Yirrkala. The homeland lays on Dhaḻwaŋu clan land, and it is one of the major base for the Wunuŋmurra family. The community has about 6-7 residential houses and a clinic, and it is home for several famous Yolŋu artists.

The artwork on this yiḏaki depicts a type of cloud formations occur during the build-up season (October to January) in Northeast Arnhem Land, sung by several Yirritja moiety clans.

Additional information

Weight6 kg
Dimensions128.5 cm
Area of origin

Gurrumuru homeland, Northeast Arnhem Land

Drone

F

Horn

G

Material

Natural pigments on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus (gaḏayka)

Mouthpiece diameter internal

2.7-3cm

Mouthpiece diameter external

4.5-5cm

Distal end diameter internal

5.7-7.5cm

Distal end diameter external

9.2-11.5cm

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