Bark Painting with Suns, Fish and Plants
On View In:
Gallery 256
Artist:   Djunmal  
Title:   Bark Painting with Suns, Fish and Plants  
Date:   20th century  
Medium:   Eucalyptus bark, pigments  
Dimensions:   76 1/2 x 25 1/2 in. (194.3 x 64.8 cm) (irregular)  
Credit Line:   Gift in memory of Nucy Meech from her children Laurie, Christopher, Charlie and Julie  
Location:   Gallery 256  

Most bark paintings illustrate a particular Dreaming, a story that explains the creation of life, people, and animals. In Aboriginal culture, only those with knowledge and ownership of certain Dreamings can depict the corresponding designs. This bark painting tells the story of the two Djang'kawu sisters, creator ancestors who traveled to the Arnhem Land region in northern Australia by canoe. Along the way, they named the sea animals like the swordfish, starfish, anemones, and squid shown here.

Object Description  
Classification:   Paintings  
Physical Description:   ocher, red, white and black pigment on eucalyptus bark panel (unmounted), panel divided into three areas by geometric motifs, each filled with similar compositions of suns, fish, plant and geometric motifs; the panel is somewhat rippled  
Creation Place:   Oceania, Australia, Northeastern Arnhem Land, ,  
Accession #:   95.37.2  
Owner:   The Minneapolis Institute of Arts