An image of Därrpa (king brown snakes) - Djambarrpuyngu rain story

Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

(Australia 1928 – 1982)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region, Djarraya, Napier Peninsula/Arnhem region
Language group
Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region

Därrpa (king brown snakes) - Djambarrpuyngu rain story

Location
Not on display
Further information

In 'Därrpa (king brown snakes) – Djambarrpuyngu rain story' c1950s Binyinyuwuy refers to his own identity as a man of the Därrpa, or king brown snake people. The därrpa extend skyward, in an attempt to pierce the clouds and initiate rain. The somewhat crude execution of this work is at odds with the majority of Binyinyuwuy’s painting, which is of refined elegance. This may indicate that it is among his earlier works, as it is similar in style to 'Baṉumbirr (morning star)' 1948.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1950s
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
53.7 x 29.2 cm
Credit
Purchased 1962
Accession number
IA9.1962
Copyright
© Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd, Sydney