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Bob Burruwal Wurum (Fish Increasing Spirit) 2011
Pandanus spiralis
2215 x 200mm

When men used to go fishing, sometimes they would paint a fish on a tree and sleep under the tree. In the morning, they would go fishing, and the Wurum spirit would help them catch lots of fish.

Bob Burruwal's elongated fish-increasing spirits Wurum and Wurlga are tangible manifestations of these creation and regeneration spirits of central Arnhem Land. His willowy, animated depictions are often dressed in ceremonial regalia and can easily be imagined as spirits gracefully traversing the tropical savannah landscape of the Northern Territory.

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