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Title

The "wet" season

circa 1960


Artist

Gungiyangi Marrakwara

Australia

Language group

Ganalbingu, Arnhem region


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.


Details


Place where the work was made

Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia


Date

circa 1960


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

64.5 x 40.0 cm


Credit

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA57.1960


Artist information

Gungiyangi Marrakwara

Works in the collection

2


Place

Where the work was made
Central Arnhem Land

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history