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Early bark painting by  Bininyuwuy
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Early bark painting by Bininyuwuy



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Artist BININYUWUY (1928 – 1982),
Location : Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia 1966

This painting is from the Djambarrpuyngu mortuary rites and belongs to the Dhuwa moiety. It showes the animal life around the waterhole on the mainland which is the totemic well and the home of the spirit of the Djambarrpuyngu people.  The central themes are the large goannas.  The importance of the goanna is by the eggs shown inside one of the goannaseven though it is referred to as the father goanna.  The friends of the goanna are the large carpet snakes found round the waterhole. 

His work is very well represented in major institutional collections in Australia and overseas.

c1966 natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

130.0 x 49.0 cm (irregular) 

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