Ngalyod the Rainbow Serpent, 1985 inscribed verso with artist's name, language group, title, location and Maningrida Arts & Crafts cat.K190 natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 138.0 x 69.0cm (54 5/16 x 27 3/16in).
PROVENANCE Maningrida Arts & Crafts, Northern Territory (label attached verso, cat.K190) Lawsons, Sydney, December, 1986, lot 338 The Collection of Milton and Alma Roxanas, Sydney
The Maningrida Arts & Crafts label attached verso reads: 'NJALJOD - The Rainbow Serpent. The Rainbow Serpent occurs as a highly-important figure in the mythology of many Aboriginal groups. The nature of NJALJOD varies tremendously from myth to myth and site to site. NJALJOD is in some myths male or neuter, while in others it is specifically female. The 'mother one' Rainbow Serpent is most often associated with an increase of species. As well as being bi-sexual, depending on the site, NJALJOD can be regarded as either belonging to the Dhuwa or Yirridja moieties. It can be benign or highly-dangerous. Some sites are tabu (sic), except for elders to approach, other sites may even be favourite hunting or swimming places. Only clever men (marrgidjbu) can see the Rainbow Snake in his dreaming places. The Rainbow Serpent can still take other forms sometimes appearing as a buffalo or kangaroo......a clever man will see past this disguise.'
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