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The central figure represents a rock in the Wayawpuy River. The geometric patter down the centre represents the water rushing down that river. The black and yellow shapes to either side represent Yoku (lily corm), the black ones Yoku covered with mud, the yellow the cleaned flesh of the lily bulb. On the top of the painting is the spider ancestor. The crossed lines, as well as representing his legs, signify all of the Yirritja moiety clans that are connected to that river. Fish are shown playing around in the river.
This is one of the works that Narritjin Maymuru produced in Canberra in1978, during the time that he and his son Banapana Maymuru were the first Aboriginal Creative Arts Fellows of the Australian National University. They were jointly sponsored by the University and the Aboriginal Arts board of the Australia Council.
A bark painting featuring a central vertical T-shaped figure with wavy crosshatched vertical lines, representing rocks and river. There are yellow and black horizontal shapes on either side representing yams together with black fish shapes at each of the four corners. Above the central image is a large arachnid with a yellow body and long pincers with radiating lines representing the legs. The background is crosshatched overall in a rarrk pattern of yellow, white and red ochres.
L 1455mm x W 665mm