The Praus

BUKUNDA: artist

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About the work

The older aborigines remember the Malay, or Maccassar, praus which visited the Arnhem Land coast during the last century. The bark painting shows a large prau in cross-section. The tripod mast and the curious shape of the bow and stern are clearly seen as are the double steering panels. Sailors are shown on deck and in the hold as is the cargo in the living quarters. Several myths relate to the praus. Painted about 1958.

Exhibited: Lowie: R.H. Lowie Museum, Univ. of California at Berkley. 1969. Cat.
Field: Field Museum, Chicago. 1972. Cat.
deYoung: M.H deYoung Memorial Museum, San Fransisco. 1974. Cat.
The Praus
Artist/Maker and role
BUKUNDA: artist
ochres on eucalyptus bark
42.1 x 62.4cm
Credit line
Purchased through the Western Australian Government, 1988
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the bark paintings in our collection.