Painting

Registration number
1838
Item name
Painting 
Category
Painting/Paper
 
Indigenous name
Mapumirr Wititj 
Maker
[Tjam] Yilkari Kitani  
Associated cultural group
Liyagalawumirr people 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Milingimbi / Arnhem Bay
Map
Collector
Reverend Edgar A. Wells 
Acquisition date
January 01, 1951 
Acquisition method
Donated by Reverend Edgar A. Wells 
Raw material
Ochre; pipe clay; eucalyptus bark
Dimensions
H: 820 mm W: 575 mm L: D: Circum:

Description

Unframed bark painting.

Research notes

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

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