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1985.0259.0013 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 Davidson 1985.0259.0013.
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. 1.
Djiegung, the Galpu python, has been painted with legs. This may be because the Galpu are sometimes referred to as 'the snake people'. Also shown are a number of 'rain birds'. One blue tongued lizard, afraid of the thunder and lightning, is shown (Collection list for Davidson collection, p. 3).
A bark painting worked with ochres on bark. The painting is divided into four panels with a python in the centre which has human legs and feet. The top panel depicts two birds, the next panel depicts three, the third panel depicts two birds and a lizard and the lowest panel, two birds. The painting has a background of vertical stripes of crosshatching with horizontal bands crossing these at intervals.
W 425mm x H 1100mm x D 22mm
Verified by D Kaus 27/5/2013