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Title

Garrtjambal - kangaroo


Artist

George Milpurrurru

Australia

1934 - 03 Oct 1998

Language group

Ganalbingu, Arnhem region


About

Garrtjambal the kangaroo came from the eastern shore of the Glyde River and went northwards. He was being chased by dogs and when he sat down, he made a waterhole which is called Gamalkan and other features in the land around Ramingining. Whenever he stopped, he was chased by the dogs who followed him up Ramingining Creek to the outskirts of the present day village. Here he left his tail and testicles which metamorphosed into rocks. As the dogs continued to chase him, he headed north through Yathalamarra and jumped over to Milingimbi. As he travelled he taught his people songs, dances and ceremonies.


Details


Place where the work was made

Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia


Date

(1985)


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

160.0 x 90.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1985


Location

Not on display


Accession number

215.1985


Artist information

George Milpurrurru

Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Central Arnhem Land

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997