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Title

Ngak Ngak , from the portfolio Crossroads

(1997)

Artist

Ginger Riley Munduwalawala

Australia

circa 1936 – 01 Sep 2002

Language group: Marra, Gulf region

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Ngukurr South East Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    (1997)
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    screenprint
    Edition
    10/99
    Dimensions
    43.0 x 59.0 cm image; 56.0 x 76.0 cm sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. corner, pencil "GINGER RILEY". Not dated.

    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 1999
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    62.1999.5
    Copyright
    © Estate of Ginger Riley. Courtesy of Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne

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    The white-breasted sea eagle, ngak ngak, is often shown singly or as a repeated image in Ginger's work; he acts as sentinel looking around Ginger's mother's country.

    Ginger believes his country is inhabited by totemic beings, in the form of snakes, birds, and ancestral people. Past and present integrate. The ceremonies, as they are performed and explained, establiseh his kinship with this country.

    Ginger treats his totems, in the western sense, as heraldic devices. His stories are his own, but the written interpretation is ours.

    [extract from "Crossroads - A Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists"]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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