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Bark painting depicting ngurrurdu, the emu (Dromaius novaehollandiae). The image has been painted initially as a pipeclay silhouette on a charcoal background. Elaborate x ray detail dominates the infill. As well as indications of vertebral structure and ribs, the design includes a representation of the bird's hip socket. The bird has been painted in profile with head bent forward-the artist says it is sleeping in the shade. Both eyes and optic nerves are shown as well as the bird's crop, heart and lungs and stomach. Part of the backbone, chest, legs and intestinal tract are bordered or filled with yellow ochre, a symbol of fatness. The stomach is filled with black. Irregular shaped red and yellow rectilinear segments of hatching infill parts of the body. Hatched hourglass patterns appear on the feet.
L 545mm x W 970mm