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bark painting depicting Mawala the stingray
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • bark painting depicting Mawala the stingray, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • bark, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 62.5 x 36 x 6 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 24 5/8 x 14 1/8 x 2 3/8 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3622

The rectangle of flattened bark has a red-brown field and an oval shaped animal with a tail, identified as Mawala the stingray. The back is divided with a row of dots down the middle and subdivided into triangles with white and black stripes over the red field. The barb of the tail is black. The head has white lines.