Galerie Lemaire

Bark painting

Northern Territory

Australia

30 x 18 cm

DESCRIPTION

The bark paintings are made from the bark of the eucalyptus tree. The bark is cut from the tree in the wet season, the outer rough layer is removed with an ax so that a smooth layer remains. The bark is then placed over an open fire so that it slowly straightens due to the heat. Then the bark is placed in the sun with some heavy stones on it. When the bark is flat and dry, it can be painted on. The colors used are red, brown, rust, yellow, black and white earth pigments. Aboriginal objects tell stories through symbols and patterns about clan's ancestors. Each clan has its own Dreamtime or mythological origin and its own symbols to tell this story. This bark painting shows a goanna (lizard) and a snake. The goanna is a totem of a particular clan.

On back: Mangwila  ….+ snake

CONDITION

Provenance

DATE

Dimensions

30 x 18 cm

PRICE

EUR €

450/ £ 385

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