The fresh water snake - Yirritja Narra ceremony

Liwukan Bukurlarjpi: artist

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About the work

This shows the fresh water snake, which is part of the Yirritja Narra age-grading ceremony of the Wuramirri clan. The snake lives in the water, and has a fishes' tail. The scales are shown by heavy dots on the body of the snake. Liwukan is of the Warramiri clan, yirritja moiety. His totems are the octopus and the whale. Liwukan's coach and mentor was Djunmal.
The fresh water snake - Yirritja Narra ceremony
Artist/Maker and role
Liwukan Bukurlarjpi: artist
ochres on eucalyptus bark
55.8cm x 17.0cm
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Purchased through the Western Australian Government, 1988
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
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This is one of the bark paintings in our collection.