- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Mapumirr Wititj
- [Tjam] Yilkari Kitani
- Associated cultural group
- Liyagalawumirr people
- Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Milingimbi / Arnhem Bay
- Reverend Edgar A. Wells
- Acquisition date
- January 01, 1951
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Reverend Edgar A. Wells
- Raw material
- Ochre; pipe clay; eucalyptus bark
- H: 820 mm W: 575 mm L: D: Circum:
Unframed bark painting.
From the UQ Anthropology Museum exhibition 'In the Red; on the vibrancy of things' June 2012 - January 2013.
In the Red exhibition label: The great olive python Wititj, part of the Ancestral Wagilag Sisters story belonging to the Dhuwa moiety of the inland fresh water country of central Arnhem Land, is here painted coiled up in a water hole. Wititj made the first monsoon rains that bring about the Ancestral transformation of the land. Wititj, smelling the sisters’ menstrual blood, swallows and then vomits them up in another act of spiritual transformation [Caruana 1993, Hiatt, Taylor]. This is part of the Wagilag Sisters song cycle, with a whole series illustrated at numbers 24549 to 24579.
© Tjam Katani Yilkari/Copyright Agency, 2020