Curly Bargudubu Bark Painting
Lot 308W
Curly Bardagubu (ca. 1931-1987)
Najaljod (Rainbow Serpent) Story, 1985
US$ 3,000 - 5,000
€2,200 - 3,600
Auction Details
Lot Details
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.
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