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bark painting depicting Namarrkon
  • unknown Australian Aboriginal maker
  • bark painting depicting Namarrkon, late 1800s–1968
  • Where object was made: Australia
  • bark, paint
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 69 x 39.5 x 3 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 27 1/8 x 15 1/2 x 1 1/8 in
  • Gift of James A. Sleeper
  • Not on display
  • 2007.3625

The rectangle of flattened bark has one fantastic creature depicted, identified as Namarrkon. He has a tall, thin body, his legs are spread and bent at the knees. His arms are spread and bent at the elbows. Lines connect his head to his feet. His body is yellow with black dots. There are yellow rectangular projections from the knees, possibly representing stone axes. The large rounded projections in yellow with black dots represent the testicles.