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Winiwini Larry Gurruwiwi yiḏaki C#/E (HLY-416) SOLD

$1400

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A stunning instrument in the lower sound range with surprisingly good playing properties: the drone is deep and straigh-forward, the toot is easy to hit, and the medium backpressure supports the player to blow faster rhythms.

The artwork depicts a specific type of plant that grows in the thick patches of bush – called ‘ratjpa’ or ‘jungle’ by Yolŋu – and flowering during the wet-season (December to March). We have not managed to identify the plant, however we will be able to provide more information on the artwork certificate for the lucky buyer.

Key: C#
Length: 170cm
Mouthpiece internal diameter: 2.8cm
Available from NSW Australia with worldwide shipping

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

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Cultural context

Maker: Winiwini ‘Larry’ 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.
Residency: Birritjimi community
Birritjimi, also known as Wallaby beach, lays on Rirratjiŋu clan estate, about 10 minutes drive to the north of Nhulunbuy township. The community was originally built for the workers of the nearby mine, today it is occupied by several Yolŋu families since the past decade or so. Birritjimi is well known amongst yiḏaki enthusiasts who were visiting the region, as well as spending time with the Gurruwiwi family, crafting and learning to play the instrument.

Artist: Dhopiya Yunupiŋu
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

Weight4.7 kg
Dimensions170 cm
Drone

C#

Horn

E

Area of origin

Birritjimi community, Northeast Arnhem Land

Material

Acrylic paint and fixative on termite hollowed stringybark eucalyptus (Eucalyptus tetrodonta / gaḏayka)

Mouthpiece diameter internal

2.8cm

Mouthpiece diameter external

5cm

Distal end diameter internal

7.2-8cm

Distal end diameter external

9.5-11.5cm

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