Morning Star and Hollow Log by Billy Black DurbumaSold

Morning Star and Hollow Log

Aboriginal art in Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land is commonly illustrated through designs and images of animals, plants, and landscape. These motifs commonly reflect the artist’s ancestral inheritance and their dreamings and are referred to as totems.

The black negative space in the centre of the print illustrates the Morning Star Story. Ceremonial dance poles are shown beside the Morning Star represented by the oval negative space, bottom of the print. Two Hollow logs are depicted on the vertical borders of the print, illustrating the hollow log funeral ceremony where the bones of the body are crushed and put into the centre of the log. The etchings on the hollow log are representations of body painting used in the ceremony or are the totems of the person that has passed away.