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The painting shows the ancestral turtle rushing towards the beach at Djarrakpi (Cape Shield, Blue Mud Bay, north east Arnhem Land) to lay her eggs. The sound made by the turtles summoned the rushing wind, bringing with it the wet season clouds. The clouds are represented by the cross-shaped designs to either side of the painting. the red cross-hatching represents the blood of the turtle, the yellow its yellow fat, and the white the sand hills at Djarrakpi.
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 painting using ochres on bark with wooden restrainers. The painting is divided into nine rectangular panels. The panels three on the left and the three on the right contain black and white diagonal crosses with backgrounds of red, white, yellow and crosshatching. Thre three central panels contain turtles with crosshatched shells, yellow heads & flippers. The three central panels feature crosshatched backgrounds.
L 895mm x W 485mm