Libundja Sculpture and bark painting

The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal sculpture or painting is by Libundja Gapapuyngu. It compares known examples of his work. Libundja Gapapuyngu bark paintings are in the Central Arnhem Land Style using traditional ochres. He is a recognized aboriginal bark painting and sculpture Artist. His best known for his sculptures of Mokoy which are very collectible.

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Libundja was one of only a few Central Arnhem land sculpture artists. A few other artists known to do sculpture in this region include David Malangi,  Mick Magani and Dawidi

Libundja Sculpture

He is best known for his sculptures Mokoy Figures of the Wild Honey Totem. These Mokoy figures range in size from 30 cm to over a meter tall, The chest and thighs on figures are often painted with diamond shapes. These diamonds represent the traditional body painting of the wild honey men. The diamonds in body paint represent honeycomb. The faces of his figures tend to be triangular when viewed face on with a rectangular forehead. The sex of his figures is not shown but are male. Some of his sculptures have the arms attached to the body. He also sculptured birds and a dugong.

Other well known Arnhem land sculpture artists include Crusoe Guningbal and Teeampi

Libundja Bark paintings

His bark paintings vary a lot in style. They often incorporate the honeymen diamond design. His painting of figures is often static with arms bent at 90 degrees at the elbow, hands straight down.

He also depicts turtles, leaves, sacred objects, fish, birds snakes and abstract design.

Biography

He was born around 1912 and died in 1968. He spoke Gupapuyngu language. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Libundja, please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

Libundja is sometimes also spelled Lipundja

Libundja Gapapuyngu Art Images

The following images are not a complete list of the artist’s works but give some idea of his style and variety.

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