Djanggawal Story - Snakes and Waterlillies
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.
Snakes and Waterlillies
natural pigments on bark
80.5 x 40.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Harry Messel 1989
Not on display
© Estate of Mithinari Gurruwiwi. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997
Bulada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–14 Dec 1997
ochre: bark paintings from the Collection (2000-01), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2000–06 May 2001