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Title

Deimiri - the whale


Artist

Mathaman Marika

Australia

circa 1915 - 11 Jan 1970

Language group

Rirratjingu, Arnhem region


About

The main object is a large Deimiri. The lines from the head are hair like trailers or whiskers. The little objects on its back are a type of barnacle (munduga). Swimming beside it are two moonfish and two green turtles. The red and black cross lines are submerged reefs. The hatching is waves. -- Harry Messel


Details


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

60.0 x 35.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Harry Messel 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

63.1989


Artist information

Mathaman Marika

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Edmund Capon, Steven Miller, Tony Tuckson, James Scougall, Mollie Gowing, Harry Messel, Craig Brush, Ronald Fine, Alison Fine, Gordon Davies, Rosalind Davies, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Rosemary Gow, Sandra Phillips, Daphne Wallace and Ken Watson, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 59 (colour illus.).