An image of Snakes and fish anticipating rain

Dawidi Birritjama

(Australia 1921 – 1970)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Liyagalawumirr, Arnhem region

Snakes and fish anticipating rain

Location
Not on display
Further information

Dawidi explores the potential of diverse infill in the painting 'Snakes and fish anticipating rain' c1950s. Divided into two fields, the upper section contains two simple fish, set between bands of fresh water. In the lower section seven snakes eagerly travel in one direction, while one defiant fish breaks through, forcing its way upstream in the opposite direction. With each figure individually adorned and sparkling fields of dots included in the background, it is a striking work, alive with the intensity of country that will be brought by the anticipated rains.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1950s
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
44.0 x 17.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1962
Accession number
IA5.1962
Copyright
© Dawidi Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Sydney