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Title

Därrpa (king brown snakes) - Djambarrpuyngu rain story

circa 1950s

Artist

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

Australia

1928 - 1982

Language group

Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    circa 1950s
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    53.7 x 29.2 cm
    Credit
    Purchased 1962
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    IA9.1962
    Copyright
    © Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Milingimbi

  • 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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