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A bark painting worked with ochres. It depicts a red kangaroo on the left and a black emu to the right of two central elongated black shapes. Above these there are the upper halves of two human figures. In the lower section there is a map with 'Australia' written across it on a yellow snake motif. The map has a kangaroo, snake, emu and lizard inside it. Below the map there is a crab with a fish on either side of it.
This collection comprises an untitled bark painting created by Yolngu artist Narritjin Maymura in c1963. It features a map of Australia, and the word 'Australia' above a representation of the Australian coat of arms. The painting has been decorated with natural pigments, and also features two human half-figures, a large kangaroo and emu and two fish in the lower corners, and fine, alternating lines (not cross-hatching) of oche throughout the background.
Narritjin Maymura (c.1922 - 1982) was a great Australian artist, philosopher, teacher and communicator. His oeuvre of ochred paintings on bark and wooden sculptures, spans a period of nearly forty years. His works are represented in many museums, galleries and private collections, nationally and internationally. Narritjin successfully used his art to both educate non-Indigenous people about his Yolngu heritage and take advantage of opportunities to establish a market for his work. This painting is rare amongst Narritjin's works for its inclusion of non-Indigenous iconography. It illustrates his understanding of European symbolism and national identity.
W 185mm x H 485mm x D 25mm