David Brian mako E (HLM-39) SOLD


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An excellent instrument, a good example of mako played in the Central-Arnhem Land region to accompany kun-borrk songs: the spacious internal chamber and large bell produces exceptional volume, resonance and acoustics, the backpressure is medium and supports the player to create the characteristic ‘pulling-sound’. The artwork is detailed and beautiful, painted with natural pigments. I recommend this superb instrument for those, who are looking for a mako of the lifetime.

Key: E
Lenght: 139.5cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 4.3cm, the mouthpiece is waxed
Available from Yirrkala, NT Australia with worldwide shipping

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Cultural context

Maker: David Brian
Clan: Balngarra
Moiety: Duwa
Homeland: Ankabadbirri

The painting depicts yam, one of the staple food sources of the Arnhem-region, harvested during May-June.

Additional information

Weight3.1 kg
Dimensions139.5 cm


Area of origin

Ankabadbirri outstation, North-Central Arnhem Land


Natural pigments with fixative and sugarbag wax on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus

Mouthpiece diameter internal

4.3cm – waxed

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