The Killer Octopus

ABADJERA: artist

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About the work

This bark painting tells of an octopus at the Amagula River who caught one of the men in the water and dragged him away into the depths. This is shown at the lower right. The octopus at the lower left went after a second man, shown towards the centre, the small yellow figure, but he got away to safety. The two seagulls shown in white are totems of Abadjura’s clan as are the two tiger sharks which are also shown. Two jelly fish and three long tom fish – other totems – are also shown. Abadjura, a great old painter is of the Amagula clan.
The Killer Octopus
Artist/Maker and role
ABADJERA: artist
ochres on eucalyptus bark
43.5 x 73.5cm
Credit line
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.