Collection Online
synthetic polymer paint on paper
56.8 × 75.6 cm irreg. (image) 58.6 × 77.4 cm irreg. (sheet)
Place/s of Execution
Ngukurr, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Beverly and Anthony Knight, Fellows, 1996
© Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala & Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
About the work

Mara artist Ginger Riley Munduwalawala called himself a ‘saltwater man’. Garimala 1990 represents Garimala, a snake ancestor, towering over the Four Archers, hills near the mouth of the Limmen Bight River in the artist’s country, which are represented twice.

Garimala is responsible for creating the Four Archers, a ravine or gap in the mountain known as Ngarinburis. Garimala is shown again in the lower left in a different guise as two snakes, male and female, guarding a message stick/shield. The message stick is announcing a ceremony that is about to happen and is a form of invitation to this ceremony.