Mutu (Red-Bellied Black Snake)

Aunty Jaluka Rose Quinlin


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Aunty Jaluka tells the story of this painting: “This painting tells a story from my childhood. When I was a small girl my Mother used to work in the house of a white family. I was not allowed to go in to the house with my Mother. Instead I had to wait outside by the wood shed, until my Mother finished her work. I was afraid of the wood piled up by the wood shed because there were always brown snakes hiding in the wood. But my Mother told me not to be scared because there was a Mutu, a red-bellied black snake, living in the wood shed and that the Mutu would protect me from the brown snakes.”

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  • 76cm x 61cm

  • Acrylic paint on canvas.

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