An image of Darrpa snakes with Garra

Dr David Malangi

(Australia 1927 – 19 Jun 1999)

Community
Yathalamarra, Arnhem region, Ramingining, Arnhem region
Language group
Manyarrngu, Arnhem region

Darrpa snakes with Garra

Other titles:
Darrpa snake (King Brown) with Garra (fighting spears)
Location
Not on display
Further information

Darrpa snake (King brown) with Garra (fighting spears). The king brown snake and the blue tongue lizard frequently fight over the same hole as their home. This is a sacred site of the eastern bank of the mouth of the Glyde River where this argument first took place. The reptiles were really the spirits of present day reptile species but in the form of men.

[Art Centre documentation]

Place of origin
Ramingining, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
1983
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1984
Accession number
136.1984
Copyright
© Malangi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd