DETAIL: Mary MARABAMBA Fish trap No 27 #3017-01 2001 jungle vine, bush string Purchased 2002
 
Big John DODO | Ngura Warngu kungulo

 
DODO, Big John
Australia 1910 – 2003
Ngura Warngu kungulo
(carved sandstone head) 1990
Sculpture
natural pigments on sandstone
37.5 (h) x 20.1 (w) x 15.5 (d) cm
Purchased 1991
NGA 1991.1306
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Like many of his countrymen and women, Dodo was an experienced stockman who worked on surrounding stations for decades. His artistic practice began in the 1960s when he created heads out of mud and wood, becoming recognised as a master carver and passing his knowledge onto other artists in the region. He was previously renowned for his finely executed engraving work on wooden objects and pearl shells. In about 1984, the art collector Lord Alistair McAlpine visited the mission, met the artist and commissioned a series of carved stone heads. Since McAlpine’s departure from the region similar carvings are rarely produced.

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