• Nancy Kunoth Petyarre - Mountain Devil Dreaming

Nancy Kunoth Petyarre


This painting tells the story of a very small lizard that has the ability to change colour according to the landscape.

Not only does the colour change, but the colour of the skin changes. The lizard also camouflages itself by carrying ochre particles on its back.

This sacred lizard carries the Dreamtime story that it passed on from generation to generation and the swag like lump on its back is believed to represent the Dreamtime.


National Gallery of Australia

Art Gallery of New South Wales

National Gallery of Victoria

Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory

The Robert Holmes a Court Collection


Product Description

Artist: Nancy Kunoth Petyarre

C. 1938 – 2009

Region: Utopia Anmatyerre

Medium: Acrylic on Canvas

Dimensions: 153 x 102cm

Provenance: Dacou / Flinders Lane Gallery, 2000