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Title

Crocodile and fire dreaming


Artist

Unknown

Australia


About

The crocodile men stole fire and took it with them to Blue Mud Bay where it exploded. To escape the flames, the crocodiles swam northward and became sacred to a number of people. The sacred diamond pattern represents the burning water; the central charcoal section is a charred part of the adjacent coast.

Harry Messel


Details


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

80.0 x 42.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Harry Messel 1988


Location

Not on display


Accession number

55.1988


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

514


Place

Where the work was made
North-east Arnhem Land

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Edmund Capon, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 57 (colour illus.).