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Title

Darrpa snakes with Garra


Artist

Dr David Malangi

Australia

1927 - 19 Jun 1999

Language group

Manyarrngu, Arnhem region


About

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]


Details


Other Title

Darrpa snake (King Brown) with Garra (fighting spears)


Date

1983


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1984


Location

Not on display


Accession number

136.1984


Artist information

Dr David Malangi

Artist profile

Works in the collection

19


Place

Where the work was made
Ramingining

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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