Djarrhukairka

(Australia  – )

Community
Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Language group
Gumatj, Arnhem region

Wild Turkeys of the Ritaringon Dreaming

Other titles:
Wild Turkeys
Location
Not on display
Further information

These small wild turkeys flew over from Elcho Island and landed between Cape Wilberforce and the English Company Islands, where today their eggs can be seen as smooth black stones (black ovals in painting).

Yellow semi-circles throughout the painting represent water running down from the hills to the sea. In the centre panel of cross-hatching, on one side, is an octopus.

Harry Messel

Place of origin
North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
110.0 x 55.0 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Harry Messel 1989
Accession number
62.1989