Gone Fishing

12 AM 417/02
Barry Bangarr Namarnkol 2002
Ochres on Arches Paper A3 1540-02


The artist has painted a namarnkol or barramundi, the renowned game fish of the 'Top End' of Australia. They grow to extraordinary sizes and are excellent eating. The namarnkol can be found in saltwater as well as freshwater billabongs and rivers. In the background are freshwater lilies which are edible for humans and fish. These fish have significance as food and as totems and are most easily caught after the end of the monsoon (March -April) until the humid build-up season (October).

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