1988/1519 The Lightning Man's wife

The Lightning Man's wife

Artist

Anchor BARRUWA
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
1924
 in
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory
Death:
1977
 in
Australia

Artwork

Title
The Lightning Man's wife
Date
1972
Medium/Material
ochre on bark
Dimensions
66.5 x 44.0cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Western Australian Government, 1988
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1988/1519
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightThis bark painting depicts the Lightning Woman, wife of the Lightning Man, who is one of a group of malignant spirits, the Manandi. The Lightning Man and his wife live at the bottom of a waterhole, Ugulunu. When the rains come, he goes into the thunder clouds roaring in a loud voice, creating thunder. He reaches down from the clouds and strikes people and trees with one of the stone axes he carries. If Manaragan is disturbed in his waterhole, he causes great storms that flood the country, and his wife can do the same. The lightning symbol is represented in the rarrk painted on her body from neck to knees. The Lightning Woman is depicted on barks very rarely. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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