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Collection

Takariya Napaltjarri

(Australia 1960 – )

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Title
Snakes and Freshwater at Warrumpa S.W. of Lake Mackay
Place of origin
Central and Western DesertNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
1996
Media category
Painting
Materials used
synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
Dimensions

166.5 x 28.0 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997
Accession number
67.1997
Location
Not on display
Further information

The irregular shape towards the centre of this painting depicts the fresh water site of Warrumpa, on the south-western side of Lake Mackay. The small round shapes also depict other fresh water supplies in the area. The artist has depicted the dangerous snakes which live under the lake in the vicinity of the site. In mythological times a large number of women gathered here to perform ceremonies.

Documentation Card, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 1996

Exhibition history (2)

Papunya Women, Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo, 16 Nov 1996–14 Dec 1996

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