Peter Marralwanga (1917-1987) Saltwater Crocodile
Lot 183
Peter Marralwanga (1917-1987) Saltwater Crocodile
Sold for AU$ 3,600 (US$ 3,341) inc. premium
Auction Details
Lot Details
Peter Marralwanga (1917-1987)
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


    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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