Art and Object collection
This collection reflects the diversity of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander cultural expression.
R01818.ATS160.Yinirnti Seed Necklace
Yinirnti Seed Necklace
not after 1989
Art - Artists - Women
Warlpiri people (C15) (NT SF52-04)
ObjectsNecklacesClothing & dressSeeds
erythrina vespertilio seeds and human hair
736.0 x 2.0 x 2.0 cm (irregular, largest dimensions)
Creation place / original location
Lajamanu / Hooker Creek (Central NT SE52-08, SE52-12)
Transferred to AIATSIS in 1989 from the Commonwealth Department of Aboriginal Affairs.
A single strand necklace (waninja-kurlangu) made of yinirnti seeds (Erythrina vespertilio or batwing coral) strung on human hair string (wirriji/purdurru). These necklaces are commonly made in the Western and Central desert area, this only in particular is made by women from the Warlpiri community at Lajamanu. The yinirnti seeds are usually picked seasonally by women and children while searching for bush foods. They are then dried, hand polished and pierced with a burnt sharpened stick to make holes. These seeds are then threaded onto hair string to make necklaces for decorative and ceremonial use. Today this practice has continues and has evolved with the access to new techniques and materials such as acrylic paint.
Costume and clothing - NecklacesSeeds in art.Material culture - Human hair objects and decorations