A Finely Woven & Painted Dilly Bag Central Arnhem Land Northern Australia
This very finely woven and painted Dilly Bag is made from pandanus fibre. It was collected from Nangark Community in Central Arnhem Land in the Northern Territory of Australia. Dating from the 1960s
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.
The basket came with an original typed museum label that was used for display. Label reads:
Made by Miwulka
Language Group Gunei
Clan Angubarrbarr / Subsection Ngalgodjok
Nangark Central Arnhem Land
Provenance: The Todd Barlin Collection of Oceanic and Aboriginal A