Dupun (Hollow log) by JB Fisher

Dupun (Hollow log)

‘Dupun’ hollow logs were traditionally used to hold the remains of a deceased person whilst waiting for burial or as a coffin for the final burial. The logs have been exhibited as art works since the 1950s and refer to the spiritual world that is so important in Yolngu culture. Artists often paint logs with the animal and plant totems of their homelands or the body paint designs specific to individuals.