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Title

Bulukminy (file snakes) near Buckingham Bay

circa 1950s


Artist

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

Australia

1932 - 1981

Language groups

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region, Birrkili, Arnhem region


About

Alive with detail, this work refers to the file snake that is connected to Djumbarrdjimbarrwuy’s clan estate in Buckingham Bay and associated with the Wägilak sisters. One snake is clearly evident in deep black on the right of the work, while another is embedded within the vertical design, its adorned skin camouflaging it within the field of dots to its right. Trails of eggs alternate with the snakes, their cross-hatched forms rendered in the same format but in the opposing direction to the cross-hatching employed on the edges of the work. Creating a sense of tension and movement, this dynamism is intensified by the brilliant dotted fields set against bands of pure colour in the central section; the resulting effect is one of flickering luminosity.


Details


Other Title

Bark painting (Male and female snakes, showing eggs)


Date

circa 1950s


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

17.0 x 58.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1962


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA13.1962


Artist information

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

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Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 1 exhibition

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