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Title

Darrpa snakes with Garra

1983

Artist

Dr David Malaŋi

Australia

1927 - 19 Jun 1999

Language group

Manyarrngu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Title
    Darrpa snake (King Brown) with Garra (fighting spears)
    Place where the work was made
    Ramingining Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1983
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1984
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    136.1984
    Copyright
    © Malangi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Dr David Malaŋi

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    Darrpa snake (King brown) with Garra (fighting spears). The king brown snake and the blue tongue lizard frequently fight over the same hole as their home. This is a sacred site of the eastern bank of the mouth of the Glyde River where this argument first took place. The reptiles were really the spirits of present day reptile species but in the form of men.

    [Art Centre documentation]

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Ramingining

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Bulada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–14 Dec 1997

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