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Rainbow Serpent Art

Rainbow Serpent Dreaming Paintings

Rainbow Serpent as a guardian spirit of water is shown in many forms in Aboriginal art. His role is to protect the water sites and he has great powers.

Rainbow Serpent Artworks

The Rainbow Serpent in Aboriginal culture is a Dreamtime or Creation spirit associated with water. It travels between waterholes and can move inside rain clouds. The Rainbow Serpent is sometimes called the Water Snake and is guardian of important water sites. People treat him with great respect as his powers are considerable. He is able to call up great storms with thunder and lightning, flooding rain, driving winds and hail.

The Rainbow Serpent is represented in many different forms by artists in different Aboriginal communities. Sometimes in the desert he looks like a snake with rainbow tones on his back, living underneath the waterholes. In Arnhemland he can look more like a cross between a crocodile and snake, with patterns related to clan designs.

By talking to the Rainbow Serpent, people approaching a waterhole can let him know they are friendly and that they bring no harm. The links between water and the people and the guardian spirit ensures that these important sites are conserved and protected.

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Rainbow Serpent by Bruce Nabegeyo

Bruce Nabegeyo  |  Rainbow Serpent

Jap 010644  |  ochre on paper  |  77 x 57 cm

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Ngaloyn by Lofty Ndjamerrek

Lofty Ndjamerrek  |  Ngaloyn

Jap 014194  |  Etching  |  69 x 84 cm

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Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)

Hamish Garrgarrku (Karrkarrhba)  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 011573  |  ochre on bark  |  132 x 50 cm

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Brolgas and Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Brolgas and Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014301  |  acrylic on canvas  |  208 x 150 cm

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Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Rainbow Serpent

Jap 005860  |  acrylic on canvas  |  92 x 60 cm

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Mimi Spirits Dancing by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi Spirits Dancing

Jap 007005  |  acrylic on canvas  |  109 x 97 cm

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Bringing the Rain – Rain Snake by Billy Spratt

Billy Spratt  |  Bringing the Rain – Rain Snake

Jap 011734  |  acrylic on linen  |  136 x 99 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod

Jap 014369  |  acrylic on canvas  |  99 x 87 cm

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Kalpurtu Water Spirit by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kalpurtu Water Spirit

Jap 010346  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  76 x 56 cm

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Rainbow Serpent and Mimis by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Rainbow Serpent and Mimis

Jap 014242  |  acrylic on canvas  |  36 x 26 cm

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Rainbow Serpent Ngalyod by Simon Badari

Simon Badari  |  Rainbow Serpent Ngalyod

Jap 012491  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  17 x 23 cm

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Rain Snake by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Rain Snake

Jap 008222  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  62 x 44 cm

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Wanampi – Water Serpent by Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa

Fabrianne Peterson Nampitjinpa  |  Wanampi – Water Serpent

Jap 008744  |  acrylic on linen  |  92 x 30 cm

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