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Title

Djanggawal Story - Snakes and Waterlillies

circa 1960s

Artist

Mithinari Gurruwiwi

Australia

1929 - 01 Nov 1976

Language group

Galpu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Title
    Snakes and Waterlillies
    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    circa 1960s
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    80.5 x 40.0 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Harry Messel 1989
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    65.1989
    Copyright
    © Estate of Mithinari Gurruwiwi. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    This is sacred to the Galpu group and is situated at Blue Mud Bay in a very large billabong named Farimula. The snakes are a harmless, fat, short variety of water snake that are good to eat. The people call them Jarung. The two snakes, one male and the other female, are resting after hunting. The spots near one snake are small stones. The spotted objects with radials are a type of waterlily. The centre is the flower and the radials are fruit.
    Harry Messel

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Yirrkala

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

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