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Gulach (Spike rush) at Barlpanarra

earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
127.2 × 74.4 cm
Place/s of Execution
Maningrida, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Vivien Anderson and Gilles Terrier, Member, 1996
©Terry Ngamandara Wilson/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
Physical description
The artist has depicted a key emblem for the Gun-gulol Gu-rrenyjinga clans. It is a design for 'gulach', the spike rush (Eleocharis dulcis) that dominates the Barlparnarra swamp country. The plant has edible corms which form a food source for magpie geese, a key swamp game animal. People also dig and eat the sweet corms.