Item - Legend of Dreamtime fire

ID UNSW BP 1986/0392 (052244)
Artist UNKNOWN ( - )
Title Legend of Dreamtime fire
Alternate Titles
Category Painting
Medium bark
Materials ochres on eucalyptus bark
Edition Number
Measurements (cms)  
  Height 124.00
  Width 48.50
  Depth 0.00
  Other Box frame: 151.5 x 77 x 6.5 cms
  Where Australia, NE Arnhem Land, Yirrkala
Style NE Arnhem Land
Subject Fire
Credit Line Presented by Dr Milton Roxanas through the Australian Government's Taxation Incentives for the Arts Scheme, 1986
Description/Remarks    Bark depicts central black crocodile on horizontal band of honeycomb pattern (fire pattern). Vertical bands of same pattern at each end. Label attached verso reads: "NUMBER 21 TRADITIONAL FIRE PATTERNS Artist: Wakathi/unknown. Tribe: unknown. Area: Yirrkala. Code: WMV11 Y1-03. This is the traditional fire pattern. In the Dreamtime a man decided to make fire by rubbing two sticks. The fire got out of hand, and to disseminate the blaze he picked up a log and threw it into the sea./ He was so bady burnt that he changed into a crocodile and slipped into the salt water, finding it so soothing that he decided to stay there forever./ The markings on the crocodiles' backs are the scars he sustained in the fire. Yellow diamonds represent sparks, red are fire, white are ash, and black represents charcoal."
Exhibition History

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