The East Wind

ABADJERA: artist

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About the work

This bark painting tells two stories. The top part shows the totemic symbol of the East wind which is the rectangle with the elongated corners. At the left two men are shown carrying totemic symbols. The one closest to the wind symbol carries the casuarina tree totem. The man to his left carries a totem for a star. The bottom part of the painting shows two men who saw two turtles coming close to a sandbank to feed on the star shaped objects. They jumped into the water, captured the turtles and are shown struggling to throw them over their backs. The bark painting shows the sandbar in the centre.
The East Wind
Artist/Maker and role
ABADJERA: artist
ochres on eucalyptus bark
54.0 x 38.7 cm
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.