Djalu Gurruwiwi yiḏaki F#/E (HLY-371) SOLD


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A big-gun from Old Man with an impressive big bell, and high volume; the backpressure is high, the chamber is open and the air flows through properly. The player needs a good lung capacity to be able to ‘pump’ this instrument to reach its real potential. Perhaps some wax on the mouthpiece will make it more comfortable to play.
There are a few movements on the timber seen around the mouthpiece, so I offer this instrument on a reduced price; I recommend it for someone who is looking for an instrument to practice and build up lung capacity and not feeling confindent to potentially repair cracks.
The instrument is sealed with tung oil and gum turpentine.

Key: F#
Length: 152.5cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.1-3.5cm
Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping

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

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Cultural context

Maker: Djalu Gurruwiwi
Clan: Gälpu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Ŋaypinya
Ŋaypinya is one of the traditional estates of the Gälpu clan, situated on the shores of Caledon Bay in the Gulf of Carpentaria, north of Birany Birany homeland. Even though Ŋaypinya is a significant place for the Gurruwiwi’s, it does not have established infrastructure, only occupied occasionally by the traditional land owners and families.

Artist: Dhopiya Gurruwiwi
Clan: Gumatj
Moiety: Yirritja
Homeland: Birany Birany
Birany Birany is a small homeland on the eastern side of Northeast Arnhem Land, on the shores of Caledon Bay. The homeland lays on Gumatj clan land, and home of several Yunupiŋu families; the community includes a few houses and a shop.
Residency: Yirrkala
Yirrkala is the major Aboriginal community of the the Miwatj region, the North-east part of Arnhem Land. The community was established by the Overseas Methodist Mission in the mid-twentieth century, and became the semi-permanent home of members of about 15 different clan-groups who were residing the region in the pre-colonial history. Today, Yirrkala has over 800 residents, have a school, shop, and the home of the word-renowned Buku-Larrŋgay Mulka art centre.

Additional information

Weight7 kg
Dimensions152.5 cm




Area of origin

Yirrkala community, Northeast Arnhem Land


Fixative on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus

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