Earth pigments on Stringybark
74 x 31cm
This is something of a naturalistic reference to Dhamiḻiŋu (Northern Blue-tongue lizard). Dhamiḻiŋu is said to be present to to protect the Witij the Rainbow snake from potential predators such as brown snakes whilst mating. In this sense Dhamiḻiŋu is seen as a protector for the creation rights and processes of the Wititj and therefore through association, with the Gälpu clan.
In a broader sense, this imagery refers to perhaps the oldest continuous human religious iconographical practice, the story of the Rainbow Serpent. Estimates vary from 40,000 to 60,000 years on the depictions of the Rainbow Serpent in West Arnhem rock shelters.