Marikuku Wirrpanda yiḏaki F#/G (HLY-439)


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Marikuku recently introduced a new design consolidating carving with painting, and delivered a series of stunning yiḏaki – here is another example of his works. Apart from the appealing new look, this instrument has superb playing characteristics: balanced backpressure, rich acoustics and easy transition between the drone and toot. Yolŋu treated this instrument with special appreciation in the art centre, so I recommend this instrument for traditional-fans who are looking for classic Yolŋu-style instruments.

Key: F#
Length: 128.5cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 3.2cm
Available from NSW, Australia with worldwide shipping

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

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Cultural context

Maker: Marikuku Wirrpanda
Clan: Dhuḏi-Djapu
Moiety: Dhuwa
Homeland: Dhurruputjpi
Place of residency: 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 and their close kin; the community includes a few houses and a shop.

The painting and carving on the instrument depicts dharraŋgi, a freshwater palm that grows in the water-ways in the area adjacent to Blue Mud Bay. This plant described by Marikuku as “his dreaming”, and plays a significant role in the spiritual life of his clan. More information is available in the artwork certificate for the buyer.

Additional information

Weight2.8 kg
Dimensions128.5 cm




Area of origin

Birany Birany homeland, Northeast Arnhem Land


Natural pigments and fixative on carved, termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus (Eucalyptus tetrodonta / gaḏayka)

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