An image of Wagilak sisters story - Wititj (olive python)

Dawidi Birritjama

(Australia 1921 – 1970)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Liyagalawumirr, Arnhem region

Wagilak sisters story - Wititj (olive python)

Other titles:
Carpet snake Olive Python, Wititj, Olive Python, Carpet Snake (Wagilag Sisters Story)
Location
Not on display
Further information

In 'Wägilak sisters story – Wititj (olive python)' 1961 Dawidi capitalises on the potential of the body of Wititj to create a graphic image based on line, colour and form. The dramatic use of black renders the snake subterranean, lurking within the waters of Mirarrmina and protectively guarding its young. Its coiled form is vibrantly painted with straight lines of miny’tji (clan designs), creating a mesmerising optical effect and reflecting the power imbued within this being.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
1961
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
81.3 x 40.7 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1961
Accession number
IA16.1961
Copyright
© Dawidi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Sydney