An image of Djanggawal Story - Snakes and Waterlillies

Mithinari Gurruwiwi

(Australia 1929 – 01 Nov 1976)

Community
Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Language group
Galpu, Arnhem region

Djanggawal Story - Snakes and Waterlillies

Other titles:
Snakes and Waterlillies
Location
Not on display
Further information

This is sacred to the Galpu group and is situated at Blue Mud Bay in a very large billabong named Farimula. The snakes are a harmless, fat, short variety of water snake that are good to eat. The people call them Jarung. The two snakes, one male and the other female, are resting after hunting. The spots near one snake are small stones. The spotted objects with radials are a type of waterlily. The centre is the flower and the radials are fruit.
Harry Messel

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1960s
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
80.5 x 40.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Harry Messel 1989
Accession number
65.1989
Copyright
© Estate of Mithinari Gurruwiwi. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd