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Title

The rain man


Artist

Wandjuk Marika

Australia

circa 1930 - 16 Jun 1987

Language group

Rirratjingu, Arnhem region


About

'The rain man' was collected by the legendary Dorothy Bennett. It depicts the story of the Rain Man who came to Buckingham Bay by canoe bringing with him two catfish. He caused the rain to come in a great flood so that all the trees and grass were covered. All this water causes the freshwater turtle to come out swimming. The cross-hatching represents water and the dotted diagonal lines are hailstones.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2004


Details


Date

circa 1960s-circa 1970s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on eucalyptus bark


Dimensions

82.0 x 42.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Estate of Laurence Harrison 2004


Location

Not on display


Accession number

142.2004


Artist information

Wandjuk Marika

Artist profile

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala