Liwirrinki by Lily Nungurrayi Hargraves


Liwirrinki by Lily Nungurrayi Hargraves


Lily Nungurrayi Hargraves b.1930

Limited Yilpinji Edition Portfolio #45/99

Medium: Etching - Sugar lift painting and Aquatint on two plates
Image Size: 49 x 32 cm
Paper Size: 76 x 56 cm
Studio: Basil Hall Editions, Darwin NT

Australian Art Network Reference : LH001

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The goanna, Liwirrinki (burrowing skink; lerista species) called Wamarru was a Japangardi from a place called Manceo West of Yuendumu. Wamarru had fallen in love with Yulgrin, a Nungarrayi. She was from the wrong skin group. She had been singing him. So Japangardi, he had been travelling to the place where the Nungarrayi lived. Wamarru turned into a man and made some bush string and then a love belt.He put on his belt and sang that Nungarrayi, Yulgrin. He made love to that Nungarrayi woman and took her back to his country. Two men made a big bush fire for the two Liwirrinki (lover-boy and lover-girl) who ran away together. The print shows women, (U) shapes, sitting in a group performing the ceremony for this story with a ceremonial digging stick in the centre. The male and female goanna ancestors are also depicted.

Text courtesy Australian Art Network


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