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Philip GUDTHAYKUDTHAY

Liyagalawumirr people

Ramingining, central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia born 1933 /1937

Goanna and Rarrk 2006 Place made: Ramingining, central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: sculptures, natural earth pigments on hollow log

Dimensions: 230.0 h x 13.5 w 49.0 diameter cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 2006
Accession No: NGA 2006.900
Image rights: © Philip Gudthaykudthay. Licensed by Viscopy

On the badurru (hollow log), Gudthaykudthay has depicted Djarrka and Gunyunmirringu. The plaster-thick, white pipe clay used in this piece represents the excrement of Wititj, the sacred olive python. Djarrka is a freshwater goanna that can be found in small inland creeks and it feeds on small crabs and yabbies. People hunt this goanna for food and they can be very delicious to eat, like other meats you can find around and in the creek.


Text © National Gallery of Australia, Canberra