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Roy Underwood: Mulyanya 2013


  • No.:RK1633
  • Medium:Acrylic on Linen
  • Size:138 × 197 cm
  • Year:2013
  • Region:Spinifex Country
  • Art Centre:Spinifex Arts Project
  • Status:

"Kapi Mulyanya, piti tjuta. Wanampi mama. Miilmiilpa.

This place is Mulyanya. There are many water holes. The father watersnake man is here. This is a dangerous and sacred place."

This painting shows a detail of the Wati Kutjara (Two Man) story from Pukara as it passes through Mulyanya. The Wanampi (magical water serpent), a father and his son, are travelling on

initiations across the lands. Here Roy depicts the father surrounded by waterholes created by serpent men.

Mulyanya is a powerful place which has a water source guarded by dangerous water snakes. It needs to be visited by Anangu with the authority and power to pacify the snakes through a smoking process.

Special provisions apply to this artwork. Reproductions of the artwork and its story in part or in whole in any form require the permission of the artist. We are only too happy to be of assistance in this matter.