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An image of Darrpa snakes with Garra by Dr David Malangi

Dr David Malangi

(Australia 1927 – 19 Jun 1999)

Language group
Manyarrngu, Arnhem region
Title
Darrpa snakes with Garra
Other titles:
Darrpa snake (King Brown) with Garra (fighting spears)
Place of origin
RaminginingCentral Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
1983
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Purchased 1984
Accession number
136.1984
Copyright
© Dr David Daymirringu/Bula'bula Arts. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

Darrpa snake (King brown) with Garra (fighting spears). The king brown snake and the blue tongue lizard frequently fight over the same hole as their home. This is a sacred site of the eastern bank of the mouth of the Glyde River where this argument first took place. The reptiles were really the spirits of present day reptile species but in the form of men.

[Art Centre documentation]

Exhibition history (1)

Bulada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–14 Dec 1997