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Language group
Gumatj, Arnhem region
Wild Turkeys of the Ritaringon Dreaming
Other titles:
Wild Turkeys
Place of origin
North-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

110.0 x 55.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Harry Messel 1989
Accession number
Not on display
Further information

These small wild turkeys flew over from Elcho Island and landed between Cape Wilberforce and the English Company Islands, where today their eggs can be seen as smooth black stones (black ovals in painting).

Yellow semi-circles throughout the painting represent water running down from the hills to the sea. In the centre panel of cross-hatching, on one side, is an octopus.

Harry Messel

Bibliography (1)

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, 56 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

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