An image of Djan'kawu story - Nightfall

Wandjuk Marika

(Australia circa 1930 – 16 Jun 1987)

Community
Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Language group
Rirratjingu, Arnhem region

Djan'kawu story - Nightfall

Location
Not on display
Further information

With the approaching night, the sacred goannas return home. The female has arrived first, and is shown partially obscured and disappearing through its entrance hole, the red semi-circle. The large flat rock which shelters their dwelling is distinguished only by two thin black horizontal lines. It is covered in shallow sand drifts blown down by the wind from the high dunes during the day. The slower mate has reached the other side of the rock and will enter his abode from there. The entrance hole, not depicted, is implied. They will sleep in the shadow of the Djankawu's special resting place.

Aboriginal Artists Agency Limited

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
1982
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
109.0 x 27.0 cm (irreg.)
Credit
Purchased 1984
Accession number
125.1984
Copyright
© Wandjuk Marika. Licensed by Viscopy, Australia