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A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia


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Collection No. TB-15
Size Height 35cm
A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia
A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia
A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia
A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia
A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia
A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia
A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Western Arnhem Land Northern Australia

This very finely woven and painted Dilly Bag is made from pandanus fibre. It is from the Western Arnhem Land area in the Northern Territory of Australia.  Dating from the 1960s

This beautifully painted Dilly Bag has the design which appears to be two rows of interconnected dancing figures in white ochre.

Unpainted Dilly Bags were used regularly for collecting bush food but more elaborate painted bags sometimes with feathers attached were used in traditional ceremonies and were carried by dancers & young people.  Above is a photo of a man painting a ceremonial Dilly Bag.

In Arnhem Land both at rock art sights and on Bark Paintings you can see images of Mimi Spirits & people carrying Dilly Bags on their back. The rock art showing the continuous use of these beautifully made bags made & used over long periods of time.

Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic and Aboriginal A