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Title

Darrpa (king brown snakes)

circa 1950s


Artist

Buranday Waynbarrnga

Australia

circa 1914 - 1980

Language group

Djambarrpuyngu, Arnhem region


About

Like Binyinyuwuy, Buranday also gave graphic form to därrpa, the king brown snake, to which both men were innately connected. In 'Därrpa (king brown snakes)' c1950s Buranday provides two views of djärrpa. In the lower section they are extended between the horizontal bands of fine cross-hatching; in the upper section they are seemingly trapped, their forms compressed and contorted, with this sense restriction intensified by the multidirectional infill that echoes their angular bodies.


Details


Other Title

Rain snakes - King Brown snakes


Date

circa 1950s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

69.9 x 41.3 cm


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA1.1962


Artist information

Buranday Waynbarrnga

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Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 1 exhibition

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