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Snakes and Freshwater at Warrumpa S.W. of Lake Mackay

Takariya Napaltjarri1996

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

The irregular shape towards the centre of this painting depicts the fresh water site of Warrumpa, on the south-western side of Lake Mackay. The small round shapes also depict other fresh water supplies in the area. The artist has depicted the dangerous snakes which live under the lake in the vicinity of the site. In mythological times a large number of women gathered here to perform ceremonies.

Documentation Card, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 1996

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  • Title: Snakes and Freshwater at Warrumpa S.W. of Lake Mackay
  • Creator: Takariya Napaltjarri
  • Date Created: 1996
  • Location: Central and Western Desert/Northern Territory/Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 106.5 x 28.0 cm
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/67.1997
  • Medium: synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: Australia

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