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A typed paper label, probably from the Milingimbi Mission, is glued to the back of the painting. It reads:
The subjects of the dances and songs of the Manarrngu mortuary rites concern the flora and fauna of a certain water hole on the Glyde River. The habits of various animals are retold in song and dance. Some of the subjects are:- waterhole, water lily, file snake, Wild [sic] fruit, bush food (root), emu, wallaby, catfish, goanna and small birds unidentified'.
A bark painting worked with ochres on bark. It depicts a central waterhole painted in black with coloured dots.This is surrounded by plants, roots, fish, a snake, a goanna, an emu, a wallaby and birds. These are painted in black, white, yellow and red.The long sides of the bark curve outwards. The painting has a red background.
W 565mm x H 820mm x D 50mm
Verified by D Kaus 23/10/2012