Jila Japingka II

Peter Pijaju SKIPPER: artist

Not On Display

About the work

This painting encodes a complex story of the origins of a series of water holes and underground streams- jila- focused at a place called Japingka. During the creation period, a large group of travelling ancestors of the pajarri subsection group visited the area. After being at Japingka for some time, they lay down, water welled up around them to form the jila and the men then turned into a large ancestral snake, who still resides at the site today. The joined bars form styalised sandhills. The central motif is Jila Japingka, with its four extensions representing other water holes and rain coming from different directions.
Sutton, Dreamings, p.227, in relation to a similar painting of the same story.
Jila Japingka II
Artist/Maker and role
Peter Pijaju SKIPPER: artist
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
213.5 x 136.7cm
Credit line
Purchased 1990
The State Art Collection, The Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession number

This is one of the paintings in our collection.


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