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bark painting depicting two snakes
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • bark painting depicting two snakes, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • bark, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 45 x 31 x 4.5 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 17 11/16 x 12 3/16 x 1 3/4 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3626

The retangular piece of flattened bark has rounded corners and a black field with yellow along the short sides. There is a red circle in the center with yellow and white rings. There are two branches, one above and below the circle, with large leaves in red, white and yellow. There is one snake above and another below, from opposite sides. They have red, white and yellow striped bodies with white heads. The field has small flower-like designs in red, white and yellow.