An image of Djarrka (water goanna)

Tom Djawa

(Australia 1905 – 23 Mar 1980)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region

Djarrka (water goanna)

Other titles:
Bark painting (Goanna totem)
Location
Not on display
Further information

In 'Djarrka (water goanna)' c1959 Djäwa provides an image of the black and yellow Mertens’ water monitor that relates to his mother’s clan group. The animated forms of the goannas are exquisitely realised, with intricate detailing of fine dots, dashes, line work and cross-hatching. Set against a plain ground, their dynamic forms give a sense of dimensionality, their seemingly suspended bodies anchored by the assured yellow line that dissects the composition, dividing the male goannas from the female.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
collected 1959
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
76.8 x 36.2 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
Accession number
IA45.1959
Copyright
© Djawa Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artist Agency Ltd, Sydney