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Bark Painting is selected as a winner of state-wide initiative • Wednesday November 2, 2011

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is pleased to announce that their nomination, Djarrakpi Story (1966) by Narritjin Maymuru, was selected as a winner in the 2011 Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts Program.

The Virginia Association of Museums hosted a competition among Virginia museums to raise awareness about preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries and archives throughout the Commonwealth. The fact that over 100,000 votes were cast by the public for all the nominations in the competition confirms that the citizens of Virginia recognize the importance of historic preservation and conservation.

Djarrakpi Story was painted by Narritjin Maymuru, a prominent Yolngu bark artist from Arnhem Land in the north of Australia. The painting depicts two ancestors who went fishing in a dugout canoe and were washed overboard by an ancestral sea turtle. It refers to a long history of interaction between coastal Aboriginal people and Indonesian traders, who introduced the dugout canoe, and demonstrates the creativity of an individual artist in depicting major themes of Yolngu art.

The painting shows signs of deterioration, particularly in areas where the pigment is flaking off the surface. It requires treatment by a qualified conservator before it can be exhibited.

The Kluge-Ruhe Collection is pleased to announce that their nomination, Djarrakpi Story (1966) by Narritjin Maymuru, was selected as a winner in the 2011 Virginia’s Top Ten Endangered Artifacts Program.

The Virginia Association of Museums hosted a competition among Virginia museums to raise awareness about preserving artifacts in the care of museums, libraries and archives throughout the Commonwealth. The fact that over 100,000 votes were cast by the public for all the nominations in the competition confirms that the citizens of Virginia recognize the importance of historic preservation and conservation.

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Read more about the winning objects and view photographs of all nominations.