Painting

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Registration number
23187
Item name
Painting 
Category
Painting/Paper
 
Indigenous name
 
Maker
Mithinari Gurruwiwi  
Associated cultural group
Galpu people 
Place
Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Caledon Bay
Map
Collector
Miss Dorothy Bennett 
Acquisition date
June 16, 1978 
Acquisition method
Donated by Mrs Pamela Watson 
Dimensions
H: W: 280 mm L: 1070 mm D: Circum:

Description

Large and long unframed bark painting.

Research notes

Wagilag Sisters painting showing Yurlungurr the Great Snake. This story is sacred to the Galpu people, and depicts Yurlungurr, the giant python, which swallowed both the Wagilag sisters and their babies. These sisters were wondering over Murngin country in the early mythological times before people inhabited the earth. After swallowing the sisters and their children, the snake regurgitated them and then sank back into the well.

This painting was no. 142 in the Aboriginal Art Show, Farmer's Blaxland Gallery, 1963, where it was purchased by Mrs Watson.

© estate of the artist licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd.

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