This funnel is the type made to be embeded into the downstream side of a mud weir built at the end of the wet season to trap fish. The painting depicts the story of Burruwali, an Ancestral Cat. The footprints in the work represent the path it took on its journey and the skeleton like elements are the fish bones that were left after the Cat cooked and ate the fish. The forked elements are the saplings set upright to make the trap and the rarrk or crosshatching represents running water.

Physical Description

A funnel shaped section made for a fish trap from a single sheet of Stringybark (Eucalyptus tetrodonta) and painted with natural pigments. It is folded and stitched to form a funnel shape.

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This is one of only four painted gorls from Arnhem Land that are found in museum collections, the others being are found in the TT Webb Collection at Museum Victoria, the Leonhard Adam Collection at the University of Melbourne, and the Karel Kupka Collection in the Museum der Kulturn Basel in Switzerland.

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