Curly Bardagubu (ca. 1931-1987)
Najaljod (Rainbow Serpent) Story, 1985
49 by 28in (124 x 72cm)
Natural earth pigments on bark
Story and signed certificate n reverse side
Maningrida Arts and Crafts, Central/Western Arnhem Land
Aboriginal and Pacific Art Gallery, Melbourne
Private American Collection
Najaljod, the Rainbow Serpent, occurs as a highly important figure in the mythology of the Aboriginal Gunwinggu tribe. In some myths, the Najaljod may be male, female or neuter; benign or highly dangerous and take other forms, e.g. as a buffalo or kangaroo.
Cf. Aboriginal Australia, Australian Gallery Directors Council, Sydney, 1981 Page 186, another work by this artist.
Curly Bardagubu is represented in the National Gallery of Victoria.