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Mt King - Emu Dreaming

earth pigments on composition board
80.0 × 100.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Kununurra, Western Australia
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Purchased with funds from the Victorian Foundation for Living Australian Artists, 2004
© Paddy Bedford, courtesy of Jirrawun Arts
This digital record has been made available on NGV Collection Online through the generous support of The Vizard Foundation
Gallery location
Gallery 14
Level 3, NGV Australia
The painting is about Karnanganyjel, the Emu Dreaming at Mount King to the west of Bedford Downs Station. Mount King is in an area with a line of high rocky cliffs. The emu, poised on the rock, is seen in the centre left. The black circle in the lower right indicates the area where a large number of the artist’s relations were poisoned in about 1920, in retaliation for the killing of a bullock.