Burrula (Diving Ducks] by Peter Gambung

Burrula (Diving Ducks]

This painting depicts diving ducks, both realistically and symbolically. A particular clan group uses the object in the painting during a hollow log ceremony (traditional funeral ceremony). The rrark (cross hatching) is the water. One group will perform the catfish dance whilst another performs as diving ducks. The object is whirled above the head to make a noise that emulates the ducks “roar”. The dance crescendos into the catfish coming closer to the diving ducks allowing them to eat the catfish in a frenzy.