Saltwater Crocodile bears artist's name, tribe, location and title on the reverse of a backing board as well as artist's name, tribe, title and description on Gallery of Dreams Aboriginal Arts Agency label on the reverse of a backing board natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 112 x 47cm
PROVENANCE: Painted in Western Arnhem Land in the 1970s Aboriginal Galley of Dreams Aboriginal Arts Agency, Sydney Bonhams and Brooks, Tribal Art, Chelsea, 18 April 2001, lot 134 Private collection, United Kingdom
The descriptive label on the reverse of the painting reads in part: 'The crocodile is the subject of many important ceremonies of the Gunwinggu and is believed to have introduced fire to the Aboriginal people'.
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