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Title

Djanggawal Story - Snakes and Waterlillies


Artist

Mithinari Gurruwiwi

Australia

1929 - 01 Nov 1976

Language group

Galpu, Arnhem region


About

This is sacred to the Galpu group and is situated at Blue Mud Bay in a very large billabong named Farimula. The snakes are a harmless, fat, short variety of water snake that are good to eat. The people call them Jarung. The two snakes, one male and the other female, are resting after hunting. The spots near one snake are small stones. The spotted objects with radials are a type of waterlily. The centre is the flower and the radials are fruit.
Harry Messel


Details


Other Title

Snakes and Waterlillies


Date

circa 1960s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

80.5 x 40.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Harry Messel 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

65.1989


Artist information

Mithinari Gurruwiwi

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Works in the collection

3


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history