Mithinari Gurruwiwi | File Snakes (Acrochordus javanicus)

Mithinari Gurruwiwi

File Snakes (Acrochordus javanicus), c.1960

Djaykuŋ

Clan

Gälpu

"While the children splashed around the pond, the mother {Witij, the rainbow serpent} covered them with rainbows. As they were swimming, there came a djaykuŋ’ (Acrochordus javanicus, file snake). She became the Wirrpaŋu, and the thunder rumbling sound made her come to the pond. When she came, the mother and her children killed the djaykuŋ’, along with my waku’s totem minhala (the long-necked tortoise) and the waterlily roots."

– GUWAṈBAL GURRUWIWI

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Additional Information

Decade

c.1960

Medium

Natural pigments on eucalyptus bark

Dimensions (IN)

110 ¼ x 27 1/2

Dimensions (CM)

280 x 70

Credit

Art Gallery of New South Wales. Gift of Prof. Harry Messell, 1987. 392.1987

Clan

Gälpu

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Location

1960

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About The Artist

Clan

Dates

c.1929-1976

Alternative Names

Mithinari Gurruwiwi

Mithinari Gurruwiwi was taught to paint by Mawalan Marika and became one of the most original and distinctive artists of the 1960s. He contributed to the Dhuwa side of the Yirrkala Church Panels.