(Australia – )
- Not on display
- Further information
Adjira-madja is an increase centre for dugongs….The dugong, a sea mammal, has come to the surface to breathe. When the Aboriginal people see the creature submerge, they paddle to that place and sing the magical chant which exhorts it to return to the surface at the same spot. If the dugong obeys the chant, it is killed.
[The dugong] is the painting of the dugong, the flesh of which is a favourite food of the Aboriginal people. The conventionalised designs on the body represent the skin markings of the animal.
[Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol.1: Art, myth and symbolism', pg. 67]
- Place of origin
- Bark painting
- natural pigments on bark
- 35.6 x 63.5 cm
- Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
- Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
- Accession number
- © the artist courtesy Anindilyakwa Arts and Cultural Centre