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An image of Djanggawal Story - Snakes and Waterlillies by Mithinari Gurruwiwi

Mithinari Gurruwiwi

(Australia 1929 – 01 Nov 1976)

Language group
Galpu, Arnhem region
Djanggawal Story - Snakes and Waterlillies
Other titles:
Snakes and Waterlillies
Place of origin
YirrkalaNorth-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
circa 1960s
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

80.5 x 40.0 cm (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Harry Messel 1989
Accession number
© Estate of Mithinari Gurruwiwi. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency
Not on display
Further information

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

Exhibition history (3)

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

Bulada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–14 Dec 1997

ochre: bark paintings from the Collection (2000-01), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2000–06 May 2001