“Two Fishermen Dreaming” - ROM2008_9801_42


“Two Fishermen Dreaming”

Maker: Painted by Narritjin of the Manggalli group, Yolngu culture
Medium:Natural pigment on bark
Geography: Birhhing country, near Yirrkala, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Date: c. 1970s
125 x 76.5 cm
Object number: 977.262.5
Credit Line: Gift of Rothmans of Pall Mall Canada Ltd.
On view
Gallery Location:Shreyas and Mina Ajmera Gallery of Africa, the Americas and Asia-Pacific
DescriptionPainting from the Yolngu people of northeastern Arhem Land. The background has been completely filled in and the surface divided into panels or sections, with figures painted on the background rather than emerging out of it. This work is by the famous Yolngu artist Narritjin of the Manggalli group, Birrhing country, near Yirrkala, Northern Territory. It depicts the story of two Dreamtime fishermen who came to the shores of Arnhem Land in a paperbark canoe (top left) where they found a sacred Mangrove statue (bottom right). Here they performed a ceremony in celebration (bottom left). Later one of them died and ascended to the Milky Way (vertical central panels).
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