Lot 23
  • 23

Daingangan 1892 - deceased

3,000 - 5,000 GBP
8,125 GBP
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  • Daingangan
  • Dancers at a Circumcision Ceremony
  • Bears artist's name, tribe, title, and a description of the story, together with a certificate of authenticity on label on reverse.
  • Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
  • 74cm by 51cm


Painted in Central Arnhem Land circa 1963

Collected by Dorothy Bennett, most likely between 1962 and 1964

Tom and Adi Barnett, Vermont, USA

The Barnett Collection at Columbia University

Sotheby’s, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 30 June, 1997, lot 94A (AU612)

Fiona Brockhoff, Melbourne

Catalogue Note

The documentation on reverse reads: “In this ceremony the men paint their bodies and that of the young boys to be initiated with the design seen here. Woomeras and other weapons are decorated with other corresponding motif.

The dancing lasts for many days, night and morning, before the actual operation, which is still performed in many parts of Arnhem Land by the old men of the tribe.”