Collection Online
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
110.0 × 99.0 cm
Place/s of Execution
Borroloola, Northern Territory
Accession Number
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Presented through The Art Foundation of Victoria by Beverly and Anthony Knight, Fellows, 1996
© Reproduced courtesy of the Estate of Ginger Riley Munduwalawala & Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne
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 depicts Garimala, a King Brown snake, the main ancestral creator of his mother country who through writhing and circling formed the hills known as the Four Arches on the Limmen Bight River in South East Arnhem Land. Garimala is shown rising up from a waterhole created by the male/female snake near the Four Arches. The snake disappeared under the water, transforming itself into a rainbow serpent and then in the guise of Wawalu laid some eggs which are still there next to the river. The eggs which have never hatched are so heavy that it is difficult to lift them.