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Too many meanings : an analysis of the artistic system of the Yolngu of Northeast Arnhem land

Morphy, Howard


This thesis is an analysis of the structure and operation of the artistic system of the Yolungu people who live in the Yirrkala region of North-east Arnhem Land, Australia. The analysis is approached from a semiological perspective examining Yolngu art as a system of encoded meaning. The thesis is divided into three main sections. In the first section I examine in detail the social context of art, focusing on the distribution of rights in paintings, the operation of the artistic system in the...[Show more]

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Date published: 1977
Type: Thesis (PhD)
DOI: 10.25911/5d7a26cce05fd


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03FiguresandPlates.pdfFigures and Plates21.5 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail
02Whole_Morphy.pdfWhole Thesis40.25 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail
01Front_Morphy.pdfFront Matter1.3 MBAdobe PDFThumbnail

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