Rainbow Serpent Art

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 by Bruce Nabegeyo

Bruce Nabegeyo  |  Rainbow Serpent

Jap 010644  |  ochre on paper  |  77 x 57 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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Jila Japingka by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Jila Japingka

Jap 018787  |  limited edition silkscreen  |  59 x 42 cm

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Mimi and Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Mimi and Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014386  |  acrylic on canvas  |  210 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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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 by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kalpurtu

Jap 018804  |  limited edition screenprint  |  99 x 70 cm

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Yingana and Ngalyod by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod

Jap 014370  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 86 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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Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Yingana and Ngalyod, Rainbow Serpents

Jap 014695  |  acrylic on canvas  |  97 x 80 cm

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Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Ngalyod – Rainbow Serpent

Jap 014699  |  acrylic on canvas  |  100 x 80 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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Kalpurtu Water Spirit by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Kalpurtu Water Spirit

Jap 010346  |  limited edition screenprint  |  76 x 56 cm

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Japingka Dreamtime Story II by Jimmy Pike

Jimmy Pike  |  Japingka Dreamtime Story II

Jap 018799  |  limited edition screenprint  |  33.5 x 43.5 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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Rainbow Serpent and Mimis by Edward Blitner

Edward Blitner  |  Rainbow Serpent and Mimis

Jap 014244  |  acrylic on canvas  |  37 x 25 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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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 Arnhem Land 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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