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1985.0259.0006 is one of 32 bark paintings and 30 artefacts that appear on Davidson's collection list under the heading 'Notes on bark paintings ? Wawilak Age Grading Ceremony ? Dhuwa Moiety'. The following explanation comprises two parts: a general account that precedes the individual descriptions of works and the description for 1985.0259.0006.
The two sisters and one child commenced the journey to Mirramina when the second child was born. As they travelled, they chanted sacred place names and touched with their sacred yam sticks flora and fauna which became totems for the Dhuwa Moiety. At Mirramina, the younger sister, after the birth of her child, washed in the sacred waterhole. The scent of the blood enraged Yurrlungurr who swallowed the sisters and children. As the Wawilak and Yurrlungurr were all of the Dhuwa Moiety, this act was a grave breach of totemic law.
In great disgrace, Yurrlungurr fell down from his erect position and made the elongated triangular indentation in the sand. This shape is faithfully reproduced to form the ceremonial ground for the Wawilak Ceremony.
The Wawilak painting created by Dawidi is a style that ceased with Dawidi's death (Collection list for Davidson collection, p. ).
The central theme is the Ceremonial Wawilak ground, surrounded by Yurrlungurr. Two water goannas, [sic] are shown, and a considerable number of sulphur crested cockatoo head dresses. A row of caterpillars are shown across the top (Collection list for Davidson collection, p. 2).
A bark painting worked in ochres. It depicts a central crosshatched triangular object with fan shapes above and surrounded by two coiled snakes. There is a row of fan shapes across the top alternating with red and black caterpillar shapes. The painting has a red backgound covered with white dots.
W 520mm x H 1105mm x D 25mm