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Title

Djarrka (water goanna)

collected 1959

Artist

Tom Djawa

Australia

1905 - 23 Mar 1980

Language group

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Title
    Bark painting (Goanna totem)
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    collected 1959
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    76.8 x 36.2 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    IA45.1959
    Copyright
    © Djawa Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artist Agency Ltd, Sydney

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    In 'Djarrka (water goanna)' c1959 Djäwa provides an image of the black and yellow Mertens’ water monitor that relates to his mother’s clan group. The animated forms of the goannas are exquisitely realised, with intricate detailing of fine dots, dashes, line work and cross-hatching. Set against a plain ground, their dynamic forms give a sense of dimensionality, their seemingly suspended bodies anchored by the assured yellow line that dissects the composition, dividing the male goannas from the female.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Milingimbi

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 publications

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