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An image of Djan'kawu story - Nightfall by Wandjuk Marika

Wandjuk Marika

(Australia circa 1930 – 16 Jun 1987)

Language group
Rirratjingu, Arnhem region
Djan'kawu story - Nightfall
Place of origin
North-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

109.0 x 27.0 cm (irreg.)

Purchased 1984
Accession number
© Wandjuk Marika. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia
Not on display
Further information

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.

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