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Lany'tjung story (Crocodile, Bandicoot, Fire Dreaming)



Muŋgurrawuy Yunupiŋu


circa 1907 – 12 Apr 1979

Language group: Gumatj, Arnhem region

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    Other Titles
    Laindjung story, myth no 4 - Crocodile, bandicoot, fire dreaming
    Lany'tjung story, myth no 4 - Crocodile, bandicoot, fire dreaming
    Lany'tjung story no 4 - Crocodile, Bandicoot, Fire Dreaming
    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    189.0 x 59.5 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
    Not on display
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    © Estate of Munggurrawuy Yunupingu, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Centre

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    bottom: Mirgiwonnuru, a coastal location where the cliffs display different coloured pigments especially when it is raining. The coloured rocks greatly impressed the Ancestors and they made it a sacred place. A decorated ceremonial digging stick for ritually digging pigments is shown.

    lower centre: Badjidjbi Billabong, south of Caledon Bay. The crocodile Baru is shown with prominent scales on its back.

    upper centre: The fire started at Wanabuy. A man named Guani'wani changed into a bandicoot during the fire and ran away.

    top: The fire has burnt through the bush and grass and the glowing embers remain as shown by white dots linking the diamond shapes. Lany'tjung gave the name Gigawara to this locality and named other areas between Trial Bay and Caledon Bay.

    The cross-hatching in this painting represents such aspects of the environment as lilies growing in the water, fresh water, the bandicoot's nest, the burning bush and an important aspect of the story, fire burning under water.

    © Information provided by the artist

    Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 2000

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  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

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