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Dumabiyandangwa - Kestrel



attrib. Mangangina Wurramara


1919 – 1984

Language group: Warnindilyakwa, Arnhem region

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  • Details

    Other Titles
    Sea eagle Kestrel
    Dumabiyandangwa (kestrel)
    Place where the work was made
    Groote Eylandt Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    40.7 x 68.6 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Mangangina Wurramara
    Artist information
    attrib. Mangangina Wurramara

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The sea-eagle, iniwakada (Haliastur Indus), starting from Wunda-wunda, near Bennett Bay, was flying towards Groote Eylandt when, at Anabura-madja just off the south-east corner of Bickerton Island, he saw and caught a garfish, maracuru. The sea-eagle carried the garfish first to Bartalumba Point, then southward along the western coast of Groote Eylandt to Neira-madja, on the lower south-east corner. After the sea-eagle has eaten the fish he collected many sticks, and built himself a nest on a cliff. Today that nest is a pillar of rock many feet in height. The eagle went to sleep at Imuakada, then woke up and, when soaring in the sky, saw the garfish, maracuru, caught and ate it. Although the white feathers on the neck and rump of the sea-eagle are indicated, the wings of this large eagle are given little emphasis. The markings on the body indicate the feathers.

    [Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol.1: Art, myth and symbolism', pg. 69]

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Groote Eylandt

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications