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Kalerr, the Freshwater Longtom
1948

Medium
earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
Measurements
25.9 × 81.7 cm
Place/s of Execution
Kunbarllanjnja (Oenpelli), Northern Territory
Accession Number
O.23-1956
Department
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented by the Commonwealth Government, 1956
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Gallery location
Not on display
Description
Kalerr, the fresh-water longtorn, is depicted, distinguished by its long jaws and very sharp teeth. The fish is shown in basic X-ray with dotted infill, a stylistic feature of many paintings collected by Mountford from Oenpelli in 1948. Kalerr, the fresh-water longtom, is associated with the Mardayin ceremony.