Stories of Song and Dance: Performance and the Burrinja Collection

Selected key items from the Burrinja/Neil McLeod Gift Collection are on display for this milestone exhibition including exquisite Malangan carvings, rare Iniet stone figures and giant Kavat fire masks. The exhibition further presents Aboriginal rare Djunba dance boards from the Kimberley by Jack Dale Mengenen and paintings by Rover Thomas.

Art Exhibition previously on at Burrinja Gallery in Australia.
From Friday 29 July 2011 to Sunday 16 October 2011

Kavat masks image gallery image Aboriginal paintings and dance board image Malangan Tantanua mask image Malangan Maruda rainmaking heads image Wowara weaving image Iniet stone carving image Malangan wooden carving image Malangan La-Sisi masks image

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Showcasing unique Malangan artefacts from New Ireland and New Britain in Papua New Guinea, this exhibition will give an insight into Melanesian cultures, ceremonies and performances. These stunning masks and friezes were produced in the post-colonial period by master carvers Hosea Linge, Ben Sisia and Edward Sali.

On display are impressive Kavat fire dance masks of the Baining society and very rare Iniet stone carvings from the secret Tolai society on the Gazelle Peninsula. The powerful Iniet society was outlawed by the German colonial administration 100 years ago and rumors about its existence still circulate

The exhibition further presents Aboriginal rare Djunba dance boards from the Kimberley by Jack Dale Mengenen (c1922), a senior lawman of the Ngarinyin people and paintings by Rover Thomas Joolama (c1926 – 1998), one Australia’s most successful Aboriginal artists.