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Title

Snakes and Freshwater at Warrumpa S.W. of Lake Mackay


Artist

Takariya Napaltjarri

Australia

1960 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region


About

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


Details


Date

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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

67.1997


Artist information

Takariya Napaltjarri

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Central and Western Desert

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


  • 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