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Title

Djan'kawu story - Nightfall

1982

Artist

Wandjuk Marika

Australia

circa 1930 – 16 Jun 1987

Language group: Rirratjingu, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1982
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    109.0 x 27.0 cm (irreg.)
    Credit
    Purchased 1984
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    125.1984
    Copyright
    © Wandjuk Marika. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Wandjuk Marika

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    With the approaching night, the sacred goannas return home. The female has arrived first, and is shown partially obscured and disappearing through its entrance hole, the red semi-circle. The large flat rock which shelters their dwelling is distinguished only by two thin black horizontal lines. It is covered in shallow sand drifts blown down by the wind from the high dunes during the day. The slower mate has reached the other side of the rock and will enter his abode from there. The entrance hole, not depicted, is implied. They will sleep in the shadow of the Djankawu's special resting place.

    Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited

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    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

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