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Dhämala Story (sea eagle, catfish and king brown snake)



David Malangi Daymirringui


1927 – 19 Jun 1999

Language group: Manyarrngu, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Other Title
    Sea Eagle, catfish and King Brown snake
    Place where the work was made
    Ramingining Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
    75.0 x 41.0 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Purchased 1984
    North Building, ground level, Yiribana Gallery
    Accession number
    © David Malangi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    David Malangi Daymirringui

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  • About

    The eagle tree stands just there where the conch shell is on the eastern bank of the mouth. Coming from the bush the Damala (White bellied sea eagle) going down to the saltwater – the river mouth. This country: he grew up there because he was created there and made his families grow there – this is the right country; Dhuwa country because this is his country.

    A special tree – Ngurrunyuwa. See that tree it is the wattle tree; is still there and the eagle is not an ordinary eagle, it is from that country, not from another place or another eagle, it is sitting on the important tree. She made a nest and raised the eaglets. Looking at the tide to get the fish.

    The Darrpa snake (king brown) is living there too, just like family for the Damala.

    [Art Centre documentation]

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 2 publications

    • Susan Jenkins (Editor), No ordinary place: the art of David Malangi, Canberra, 2004, 88 (colour illus.).

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'The Dreamers: Artists who revolutionised Aboriginal art', pg. 24-27, Sydney, Aug 2009, 24, 26 (colour illus.).

Other works by David Malangi Daymirringui

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