Unknown

(Australia  – )

Crocodile and fire dreaming

Location
Not on display
Further information

The crocodile men stole fire and took it with them to Blue Mud Bay where it exploded. To escape the flames, the crocodiles swam northward and became sacred to a number of people. The sacred diamond pattern represents the burning water; the central charcoal section is a charred part of the adjacent coast.

Harry Messel

Place of origin
North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
69.2 x 30.3 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Harry Messel 1988
Accession number
58.1988