Djalu’ Gurruwiwi yiḏaki E/D (HLY-328) SOLD


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An enormous ‘big-gun’ yiḏaki from Master Djalu’. Due to the high popularity during the past decade or so, limited number of these special instruments have been created by Djalu’s family. These unusual trumpets perhaps fall into a new category of traditional didgeridoos, all have similar appearance and characteristics: long body (over 170cm long, this piece is 181cm!), classic yiḏaki-like tapered shape starts in natural mouthpiece and ends in unusually large bell, thunderous sound and even more thunderous toot.
Looking at the length, you would expect a low-key sound, although the drone of this instrument is quite hight: it plays between E and F note. The backpressure is in the lower medium-range, and surprisingly, forcing you to pump high amount of air into the long and spacious chamber. The transition between the drone and toot is easy, and the toot and the long trumpet sound really amazing.
Due to the unusual size and the detailed, precise artwork, I recommend this beautiful piece for art/didgeridoo collectors.

Key: E-F
Length: 181cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.1-3.5cm
Available from Yirrkala, NT 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

Artist: Milminyina Dhamarrandji
Clan: Djambarrpuyŋu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Dhambaliya

Milminyina had been part of Djalu’s yiḏaki business in the past, while Old Man and his family were living in Gunyaŋara (Ski Beach), where Milminyina is still residing.

The artwork on this yiḏaki depicts file-snake (djaykuŋ) amongst water lilies (ḏatham). Djaykuŋ is a significant clan totem for Gälpu, often painted on yiḏaki by artists who own and sing this design. In most of the cases the pattern on the body of the snake painted with dots, different to this particular piece. As Milminyina explained, since she is a Djambarrpuyŋu artist, she is not allowed to paint djaykuŋ as Gälpu do, so she applied a different technique to depict the snake – the result is unique and beautiful. The cross-hatching is typical work of Milminyina, often painted on Djambarrpuyŋu clan designs.


Additional information

Weight8.7 kg
Dimensions181 cm




Area of origin

Birritjimi community, Northeast Arnhem Land


Natural pigments and fixative on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus

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