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Portrait photo of an Aboriginal Australian man.
Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri. Photo: Diana Calder

Snake Dreaming at Tjuntina container, about 1978

The painting on both sides of this container represents the Dreamings associated with an important sacred site. The figure on the outside is part-man, part-snake, with large arcs indicating shin-bones, and the ovate bars the forearms and forehead. The depiction of body parts as separate to the actual body is common in Western Desert art. On the inside, the painting concerns the Two Men Dreaming. The dotted circle on one figure represents the body paint applied during ceremonies.

Tommy Lowry Tjapaltjarri

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Snake Dreaming at Tjuntina container (front)

Snake Dreaming at Tjuntina container (back)

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