Shorty Jangala Robertson (born circa 1930) Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming
Lot 187
Shorty Jangala Robertson (born circa 1930) Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)
AU$ 5,000 - 7,000
US$ 4,700 - 6,500
Auction Details
Lot Details
Shorty Jangala Robertson (born circa 1930)
Ngapa Jukurrpa (Water Dreaming)
bears artist's name, dimensions and Warlukurlangu Artists catalogue number 1512/08 on the reverse
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
182 x 122cm


    Painted in 2008
    Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation, Northern Territory
    Private collection

    This painting is sold with accompanying Warlukurlangu Artists Aboriginal Corporation documentation that reads in part: 'The site depicted in this painting is Puyurru, west of Yuendumu. In the usually dry creek beds are water soakages or naturally occurring wells. Two Jangala men, rainmakers, sang the rain, unleashing a giant storm. It travelled across the country, with the lightning striking the land. This storm met up with another storm from Wapurtali, to the west, was picked up by a 'kirrkarlan' (brown falcon [Falco berigora]) and carried further west until it dropped the storm at Purlungyanu, where it created a giant soakage. At Puyurru the bird dug up a giant snake, 'warnayarra' (the 'rainbow serpent') and the snake carried water to create the large lake, Jillyiumpa, close to an outstation in this country. This story belongs to Jangala men and Nangala women.'
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