John Mawurndjul, ‘Ngalyod the Rainbow Serpent at Milmilngkan’, 1994, Charles Nodrum Gallery

Signature: inscribed 'Johnny Mawurndjul / MAW 3 7.94' on reverse

A Guide to Australian Art and Galleries, Australian Consulate, Shanghai, jointly with the Shanghai International Culture Association, 2010,
see p 115 for a similar 1998 work in the Collection of the Museum of Contemporary Art, Sydney (Gift of Mr and Mrs Jim Bain);
Andrew Sayers, Australian Art, OUP, 2001, plate 122.
Ngalyod is the principle ancestral being of the Kunwinddjku, believed to have crated the land and the seasons and to govern all of the cycles of human existence. Ngalyod takes many forms - a snake, a crocodile, a woman, a kangaroo - and is a very powerful figure. Sayers, op cit.
A, S & E McCulloch, Encyclopedia of Australian Art, Aus Art & Meigunyah, 2006 edition, see p 38, for a similar work

Painted in the Maningrida region, Northern Territory
Maningrida Arts & Crafts, Northern Territory
Corporate Collection, Sydney
Charles Nodrum, Melbourne

About John Mawurndjul

Australian, b. 1952, Mumeka, West Arnhem, Northern Territory, Australia