Unknown

(Australia  – )

Karatjimba - Kangaroo

Other titles:
Kangaroo, Karatjimba - the kangaroo
Location
Not on display
Further information

Although the artist knew that the Kangaroo belonged to the creation period, and that his totem places were situated somewhere west of Blue Mud Bay, he was not aware of either their exact location or of any associated songs.

[The Kangaroo] illustrates the Kangaroo, Karatjimba (Macropus sp.) eating some herbage which it is holding it its hands. The cross hatching of designs on the body is an attempt to represent the fur.

[Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol.1: Art, myth and symbolism', pg. 67]

Place of origin
Groote Eylandt, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
(1948)
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
35.6 x 64.7 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
Accession number
9264