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Title

Namarrkon - the Lightning Spirit


Artist

Jimmy Njiminjuma

Australia

1947 - 02 Oct 2004

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region


About

This entity, who is responsible for lightning and thunder, which he produces by striking out with axes which protrude from his joints, is painted on both stone and bark in a form informants describe as ‘like a grasshopper’

Namarrkon is said to have ‘made’ aljurr, Leichhardt’s or the spectacular grasshopper (petasia ephippigera). The species emerges, mates and is most active and visible in the season known as Gunemeleng between October and December when there are intense electrical storms. Aljurr is then said to be 'looking for' Namarrkkon, the lightning spirit.

[Art Centre documentation]


Details


Other Title

Namarrgon - the Lightning Spirit


Place where the work was made

Western Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia


Date

1985


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

136.0 x 30.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1985


Location

Not on display


Accession number

220.1985


Artist information

Jimmy Njiminjuma

Artist profile

Works in the collection

12


Place

Where the work was made
Western Arnhem Land

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history