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Title

Wild Turkeys of the Ritaringon Dreaming


Artist

Djarrhukairka

Australia

Language group

Gumatj, Arnhem region


About

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


Details


Other Title

Wild Turkeys


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

110.0 x 55.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Harry Messel 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

62.1989


Artist information

Djarrhukairka

Works in the collection

1


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, 56 (colour illus.).