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Title

Djarrka (water goanna)

collected 1959


Artist

Tom Djawa

Australia

1905 - 23 Mar 1980

Language group

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Bark painting (Goanna totem)


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


Artist information

Tom Djawa

Artist profile

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 2 publications

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