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    Painting on bark, in red, yellow, cream and black ochre?, showing two figures fighting with spears and a shield in top section, and three figures standing with spears in bottom section. Painting has fragmentary text written on paper pasted to the back concerning 'the coming of the Balamando people'.


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    • 1960-1980 (?)
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    • Height: 68.7 centimetres
    • Width: 46.2 centimetres
    • Depth: 6.2 centimetres
  • Curator's comments

    This style of painting images of stories of the Lardil people from Mornington Island on bark was initiated by Roughsey in the 1960s. Painting has fragmentary text written on paper pasted to the back outlining the story of 'the coming of the Balamando people':
    "The Coming of the Balamando People. Long, long time ago, our people say tha[missing paper] were three people who came from [missing paper] west. The word "Balamando" mean men from the west, so here is depicted our first people, Marnbill, and Gin-Gin his wife, and Luwaluwal - Gin-Gin's uncle. Before they came here there [missing paper] a long strip of land unti[missing paper] Rainbow Snake.
    Tho[missing paper]thoo made all the rivers and [missing paper]erated all the islands. These people made all the animals birds, and fish and gave them names, etc. After digging all the wells on the island, they made fish traps, and when all this was done they camped on Wallaby island, and there is depicted above a sad ending, the killing of Luwaluwal. This is how the story ends. One day Marnbill went to dig well on Bountiful Island, and Luwaluwal his uncle-in-law went to Turtle Island while Gin-Gin stayed home, and went hunting for roots. Luwaluwal returned a bit earlier and he heard Gin-Gin his niece cracking pandanus nut. He came near and asked to marry her for the moment. Story says that Marnbill found them, and next day he killed him at the well. When he speared him, he spun around in the well and he went up in the sky, and as he went, he left all the curses that man have today.) (Goobalathaldin.)"See Eth Doc for copyright permission details.


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    2015-2018 TBC Icons: art and the human image PROMISED

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    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

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