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The "wet" season

circa 1960


  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    circa 1960
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    64.5 x 40.0 cm
    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Gungiyangi Marrakwara/Copyright Agency

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    Gungiyangi Marrakwara

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  • About

    According to documentation, depicted here is the water snake which is symbolic of lightning which brings the rain (the great wet). The goose is full of joy at the prospect of lots of water, and celebrates by blowing the didjerido. The sounds are so beautiful each turns into a well, becoming sacred wells. The goose mates and lays the eggs below.

    Gungiyangi Marrakwara has varied the colour of the eggs according to the food taken by the goose. The conventional design on the above right represents the green reeds, and below, burnt areas that are about to be flooded and rejuvinated.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central Arnhem Land

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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