- Registration number
- Item name
- Indigenous name
- Mithinari Gurruwiwi
- Associated cultural group
- Galpu people
- Australia > Australia > Northern Territory > East Arnhem region > Caledon Bay
- Miss Dorothy Bennett
- Acquisition date
- June 16, 1978
- Acquisition method
- Donated by Mrs Pamela Watson
- H: W: 280 mm L: 1070 mm D: Circum:
Large and long unframed bark painting.
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.