These beautiful hollow logs are from the community of Maningrida in Arnhem land. They are all painted with ochre paint and are created by artist J.B Fisher. Each log has been hand hollowed then painted with ochre paints.
Hollow logs were collected and painted specifically for some of the large institutions from the 1920’s. In 1958 the Art Gallery of NSW commissioned mortuary poles from the Tiwi Islands and later, in 1987, the National Gallery curated an exhibition of hollow logs, Memorial, from Ramingining, conceived by Djon Mundine. The exhibition of 200 hollow logs was installed in time for the bicentenary of European arrival and memorialised the dead.
Traditionally the bodies were left for a period of time until the bones were clean and at a later ceremony were placed in the hollow logs to ascend into the spirit world.
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