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Title

The rainbow serpent Narama and her sons

(1948)

Artist

Unknown

Australia

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) Western Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    (1948)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on paper on cardboard
    Dimensions
    58.2 x 45.0 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 63.4 x 3.0 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    9278
    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    1,093

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  • About

    The rainbow serpent, Narama, lives with her sons among rocks at the mouth of the Liverpool River in central Arnhem Land. If disturbed by strangers (i.e. non-countrymen) she 'bites' their spirit, killing them. When first angered, she huffs and snorts, then reveals herself in the form of a rainbow.

    from Hetti Perkins et al., 'Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 5 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 4 publications

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