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Title

Karatjimba - Kangaroo


Artist

Unknown

Australia


About

Although the artist knew that the Kangaroo belonged to the creation period, and that his totem places were situated somewhere west of Blue Mud Bay, he was not aware of either their exact location or of any associated songs.

[The Kangaroo] illustrates the Kangaroo, Karatjimba (Macropus sp.) eating some herbage which it is holding it its hands. The cross hatching of designs on the body is an attempt to represent the fur.

[Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol.1: Art, myth and symbolism', pg. 67]


Details


Other Titles

Kangaroo

Karatjimba - the kangaroo


Place where the work was made

Groote Eylandt Northern Territory Australia


Date

(1948)


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

35.6 x 64.7 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9264


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

512


Place

Where the work was made
Groote Eylandt

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Jonathan Jones, Mountford Gifts: Works from the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948, 'Mountford Gifts: Works from the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948', pg. 1-5, Sydney, 2009, 3.

Charles P Mountford (Editor), Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1: Art, myth and symbolism, Melbourne, 1956, 67 (illus.). plate no. 20E

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 21. cat.no. 45; titled 'Kangaroo'

Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'Aboriginal treasures: From the early days of the Gallery's Indigenous collection', pg. 23, Sydney, Feb 2009, 23 (colour illus.).