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Anmatyarre/Arrernte peoples

Australia 1929 – 1984

Water Dreaming 1972 Description: No.3
Place made: Papunya, Western Desert, Northern Territory, Australia
Materials & Technique: paintings, synthetic polymer paint on composition board

Dimensions: 75.5 h x 45.1 w cm
Acknowledgement: Purchased 1993 - 1996
Accession No: NGA 93.183

Tim Leura Tjapaltjarri adopts a roughly symmetrical but conventional composition associated with Water Dreamings in the paintings of the Anmatyerre, Arrernte, Warlpiri, Luritja and other Desert groups. The sinuous parallel curves that represent flowing water - and perhaps lightning - are flanked by double bars that represent the rain clouds.

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