Maningrida Arts and Culture NT
Private Collection, NSW
A member of the Gurrgoni language group of the Kulamarara clan, Ronnie Djambardi was a prominent central Arnhem Land bark painter and carver who worked for the Maningrida art centre during the early 1980s. His work was regularly shown at the government owned gallery Aboriginal Arts Australia.
Hollow log cofﬁns are central to the funeral ceremony practiced by the people of Arnhem Land. The hollow logs, which housed the ochred bones of the deceased person, were painted with clan designs and placed into the ground where they were left to decay naturally. The thin and delicate rarrk (crosshatching) reverberates with the power of ancestral beings who inhabit Arnhem Land.Share