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This bark was collected by me at Croker Island in 1965. Lazarus Lami Lami told me it represented a totemic crocodile that lived on the mainland behind the mountain range in a lagoon.
The crocodile decided to go to the sea, so he chewed his way through the land and through the mountain range to the sea coast, and in so doing created the Liverpool River (typed label on reverse of 1991.0024.4599).
A bark painting worked with ochres on bark. It depicts a coiled crocodile with its head in the centre of the painting. The crocodile is painted with crosshatched infill. The painting has an ochre yellow background.
W 640mm x H 802mm x D 30mm