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An image of Namarrkon - the Lightning Spirit by Jimmy Njiminjuma

Jimmy Njiminjuma

(Australia 1947 – 02 Oct 2004)

Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region
Namarrkon - the Lightning Spirit
Other titles:
Namarrgon - the Lightning Spirit
Place of origin
Western Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

136.0 x 30.0 cm (irreg.)

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Purchased 1985
Accession number
© Jimmy Njiminjuma. Licensed by VISCOPY, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

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]

Exhibition history (1)

Our spirits lie in the water, 15 Nov 2014–01 Nov 2015