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synthetic polymer paint on canvas
230.3 × 160.3 cm
Place/s of Execution
Mungarapa, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds donated by Supporters and Patrons of Aboriginal Art, 2002
Gallery location
Gallery 14
Level 3, NGV Australia
Two Napurrurla ancestral women are searching for bush onions, equipped with digging sticks and coolamons. The women dig up lots of bush onions, which grow in stony areas and carry them home in their coolamons. The cone-shaped motifs represent the onions; the horseshoe shapes indicate the women and the short lines represent their digging sticks. The small round circles represent the base of the onions beneath the stony ground, and the long straight lines represent the roots of the bush onions spreading underground. This Dreaming story took place at Winki Winki, north west of Tanami Downs.