Lost in the sandbar (Ilma - ceremonial emblem)

Roy WIGGAN: artist

Not On Display

About the work

Illma is an all embracing term covering both open ceremonies performed by the Bardi and other Dampier Peninsula peoples. Iilma are composed and owned by individual men. They come to this ownership through inheritance of dance that they have received from the Rai spirits of dead men. Throughout most of Australia, constructed dance objects like these are taboo or secret. However, in this region they are used in public dances and ceremonies. When uses they are dramatic, echoing the epic nature of the 10 meter tides and landscape. Tides are a central feature of songs and symbolism in Bardi life.
Lost in the sandbar (Ilma - ceremonial emblem)
Artist/Maker and role
Roy WIGGAN: artist
wood, synthetic polymer paint, wool and cotton
40.5 x 121.5 cm (irregular)
Credit line
Purchased 1993
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the ceremonial artefacts in our collection.