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Collection

Unknown

(Australia  – )

Title
Karatjimba - Kangaroo
Other titles:
Kangaroo
Karatjimba - the kangaroo
Place of origin
Groote EylandtNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
(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
Accession number
9264
Location
Not on display
Further information

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]

Bibliography (4)

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, Newtown, Feb 2009, 23 (colour illus.).

Exhibition history (1)

Mountford Gifts: Works from the American Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2009–03 Jun 2009