Unknown

(Australia  – )

The rainbow serpent Narama and her sons

Location
Not on display
Further information

The rainbow serpent, Narama, lives with her sons among rocks at the mouth of the Liverpool River in central Arnhem Land. If disturbed by strangers (i.e. non-countrymen) she 'bites' their spirit, killing them. When first angered, she huffs and snorts, then reveals herself in the form of a rainbow.

from Hetti Perkins et al., 'Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004

Place of origin
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
(1948)
Media
Painting
Medium
natural pigments on paper on cardboard
Dimensions
58.2 x 45.0 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 63.4 x 3.0 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
Accession number
9278