This brush made of fine feathers was used by legendary Madarrpa clan leader, Mundukul Marawili or Munyuku clan leader, Djimbaryun Ngurruwuthun. Both men produced very fine paintings on bark for anthropologist Donald Thomson in 1942. The Yolngu term for this brush, butju also refers to the feathers. Paint brushes are made from simple sticks like this one frayed at one end, with strands of human hair or feathers, like this one used by Yolngu artists to make fine lines.

Physical Description

Feathers attached to a short thin stick bound with vegetable fibre.

Local Name



This is one of three feather paint brushes collected by Donald Thomson. At this time no others are believed to exist in collections.

More Information