Aurukun yiki-yiki didgeridoo, key D


Sound sample of this didgeridoo:

Comments: An exceedingly rare and beautiful didgeridoo of the yiki-yiki variety from Far North Queensland of 1960s vintage.  Exquisitely painted featuring both a marine and terrestrial theme, there are representations of fish, stringray, shark, crab and jellyfish as well as snake-in-tree (Christianity reference?), butterfly, serpentine, avian and anthropomorphic figures.

This yiki-yiki was made for use as evidenced by the deliberately carved mouthpiece opening displaying patina.

Region: Aurukun, FNQ, Queensland

Materials: termite-hollowed eucalyptus, paint

Length: 139 cm

Air chamber volume: 1500 cm3

Mouthpiece diameter: 35-40 mm

Distal end diameter: 6.0 cm

Key: D fundamental, F overtone

Weight: 2.5 kg

Condition: this is a vintage item in used, pre-owned but excellent condition that retains bright colours; structurally sound

Didgeridoo Database accession number: KDSCRF3072

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