Collection Online
earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
105.5 × 36.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Yirrkala, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Louise Rath in memory of Rene Davidson through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2013
© Bayngul Marika/Buku Larrnggay Mulka Centre
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
Bayngul divides the painting into separate panels edged in yellow ochre and encloses the composition in a yellow ochre border. Three of the upper section panels represent the sacred sand goanna, Djanda observed and named by the Djang’kawu Sisters after they arrived at Yalangbara (Port Bradshaw) in the Wangarr (Ancestral period). The other sections contain carefully observed and beautifully delineated Rirratjingu flora and fauna set against the Rirratjingu miny’tji of parallel lines of crosshatching believed to signify Djanda moving through the sand at Yalangbara.