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Title: 'Two Fish' (Aboriginal Arts Board Collection card for 1991.0024.3562). Bark painting depicting two species of freshwater fish, karlerrh, the freshwater long-tom (Strongylura kreffgi) and walkkarra, the oxeye herring or tarpon (Megalops cyprinoides) ... The artist says the patterning of red ochre hatching is derived from rock art in his country between the upper Liverpool and Cadell Rivers. The creatures stomachs are shown in x-ray detail and are outlined in yellow symbolising fat (kunbalem). They are drawn in a very accurate naturalistic style. The artist says the black in the stomach is the black mud or rotted algae often found in the stomachs of fish taken in escarpment pools. (1) Walkkarra (K)/kalarlbba(WK) - the oxeye herring or tarpon (Megalops cyprinoides). A large swift-swimming fish which can reach a length of 1.5m but which is most common at much smaller sizes. (Grant 1982, page 98).
A bark painting worked with ochres on bark and on wooden restrainers. It depicts two fish outlined in pipeclay with internal detail added in red and yellow ochre and charcoal. The painting has a red background.
W 790mm x H 460mm x D 26mm
Verified by D Kaus 23/10/2012