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Buku-Larrnggay Gurrpulan Guyula Earrings 653-23A

Artist: Gurrpulan Sonia Guyula

Medium: Gunga (Pandanus spiralis) natural dyes, and sterling silver.

The Yolŋu term "Girriŋgirriŋ" refers to the art of creating jewellery, necklaces, and ornaments using seeds and shells. Various natural materials like seeds from Gum Trees (Eucalyptus), Rattlepods (Crotalaria), Red Bead Trees (Adenanthera pavonina)Sicklepods (Senna obtusifolia), Ŋaraka (fish vertebrae) from fish species like Parrotfish, Kingfish, small Mäna (sharks), stingrays, and seashells are used. Small seeds are pierced with a needle, while large ones are pierced with heated wire. Seashells are collected, boiled, cleaned, and pierced. Some jewellery is woven from gunga (Pandanus spiralis) Pandanus leaves, which are carefully harvested and dyed using natural dyes bulbs, roots, or bark of various woodland plants. The string used comes from the bark of plants like Kurrajong (Brachychiton populneus), Paperbark (Melaleuca quinquenervia), and Banyan (Ficus virens).


Diameter approx. 7cm

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