An image of Darrpa (king brown snakes)

Buranday Waynbarrnga

(Australia circa 1914 – 1980)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Djambarrpuyngu, Arnhem region

Darrpa (king brown snakes)

Other titles:
Rain snakes - King Brown snakes
Location
Not on display
Further information

Like Binyinyuwuy, Buranday also gave graphic form to därrpa, the king brown snake, to which both men were innately connected. In 'Därrpa (king brown snakes)' c1950s Buranday provides two views of djärrpa. In the lower section they are extended between the horizontal bands of fine cross-hatching; in the upper section they are seemingly trapped, their forms compressed and contorted, with this sense restriction intensified by the multidirectional infill that echoes their angular bodies.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1950s
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
69.9 x 41.3 cm
Credit
Purchased 1962
Accession number
IA1.1962
Copyright
© Buranday. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney