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Dambala - The sacred landing site of the Djang'kawu

earth pigments on Stringybark
116.4 × 47.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
Galiwin'ku, Elcho Island, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Dr Milton Roxanas, Governor, 1996
©Micky Daypurryun/Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Not on display
This painting depicts Dambala, the sacred landing place for the Djang'kawu as well as important sites on Elcho Island created by the Djang'kawu sisters who gave birth to the first generation of human beings. Dambala is situated between the homelands of Namulara and Matjaka. This location is significant and sacred to Daypurryun and his people. The rows of dots indicate bubbles from the freshwater springs found in the ocean.