The Lorrkon is a log, naturally hollowed out by termites, which was traditionally used as a coffin for burials and ceremonies. The Kunwinjku people of Western Arnhem Land painted these with ceremonial designs and used them to store the bones of deceased relatives. The bones were wrapped in paperbark before placing them in the Lorrkon, which were erected on a site of significance to the deceased. In some areas, bones were placed in rock shelters instead.

Manbu Lorrkon makka kundulk dja kadulkrurrk. Bu bininj kadowen wanjh kabirrimurrngdahkendong manbu kunmurrng kore lorrkon. Bu korroko dja bolkkime bu kabirridowen coffin dorrengh karrbendudjeng. Dja bu korroko birridoweni bindikukkurrmi kore kuwarderurrk wanjh bindibawoni Kaluk birridurndengi bindinani kunmurrngwi yoy.

Size 9 x 41 cm | Medium Artefact | Catalogue # 2320-23 | Year 2023

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Artist  Bronwyn Kelly

Bronwyn Kelly is the daughter of Shirley Nganjmirra and David Kelly.

Vivid colours and innovative weaving techniques are the hallmarks of our weavers. Building on ancient knowledge and skills in sourcing, using and preparing natural fibres our local women create a range of different styles of weavings. All materials used are 100% locally sourced including the vivid dyes and they are colourfast provided you do not store or display them in direct sunlight.

The Kunwinjku people have been using wood to create art for thousands of years, with each piece telling a unique story of their culture and traditions.

Using tools and techniques passed down through generations, our artists meticulously carve and etch designs into wood, creating stunning pieces that range from small, intricate panels to large, grand-scale installations


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Size 9 x 41 cm
Medium  Artefact
Catalogue # 2320-23
Year 2023