Arnkerrthe (Thorny Devil Lizard Dreaming)
Artist: Gloria Tamerre Petyarre
Title: Arnkerrthe ( Thorny Devil Lizard Dreaming)
Size: 30 x 30cm
Med: Acrylic on Canvas
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The design elements in this painting are associated with the Arnkerrthe (thorny devil Lizard Dreaming) from her father’s country Anungara. The swirling design represents the pattern that can be seen amongst the spines on this small lizard back.
The Thorny Devil (moloch horridus) inhabits the arid scrub and desert over most of central Australia. In particular, it inhabits spinifex-sandplain and sand ridge deserts. It is camouflaged in shades of desert browns and tans; these change from pale colours when warm to darker colours when cold. This small fragile creature is entirely covered with conical spines that are mostly uncalcified, thus making it look fearsome