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Därrpa (king brown snakes) - Djambarrpuyngu rain story

circa 1950s


  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    circa 1950s
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    53.7 x 29.2 cm
    Purchased 1962
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Artist information
    Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

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  • About

    In 'Därrpa (king brown snakes) – Djambarrpuyngu rain story' c1950s Binyinyuwuy refers to his own identity as a man of the Därrpa, or king brown snake people. The därrpa extend skyward, in an attempt to pierce the clouds and initiate rain. The somewhat crude execution of this work is at odds with the majority of Binyinyuwuy’s painting, which is of refined elegance. This may indicate that it is among his earlier works, as it is similar in style to 'Baṉumbirr (morning star)' 1948.

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    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, Binyinyuwuy’, pg. 44-59, Sydney, 2016, 51 (colour illus.), 140.

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