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Title

Djan'kawu story - Nightfall


Artist

Wandjuk Marika

Australia

circa 1930 - 16 Jun 1987

Language group

Rirratjingu, Arnhem region


About

With the approaching night, the sacred goannas return home. The female has arrived first, and is shown partially obscured and disappearing through its entrance hole, the red semi-circle. The large flat rock which shelters their dwelling is distinguished only by two thin black horizontal lines. It is covered in shallow sand drifts blown down by the wind from the high dunes during the day. The slower mate has reached the other side of the rock and will enter his abode from there. The entrance hole, not depicted, is implied. They will sleep in the shadow of the Djankawu's special resting place.

Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited


Details


Date

1982


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

109.0 x 27.0 cm (irreg.)


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

125.1984


Artist information

Wandjuk Marika

Artist profile

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
North-east Arnhem Land