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Collection

Unknown

(Australia  – )

Title
Mimih man and woman
Other titles:
Mimi man and woman
Place of origin
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)Western Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
(1948)
Media category
Painting
Materials used
natural pigments on paper on cardboard
Dimensions

58.4 x 45.0 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 63.2 x 3.5 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
Accession number
9274
Location
Not on display
Further information

The Mimi whose homes are under the great rocks of the plateau, are particularly tall and thin, so thin in fact that they can hunt only in still weather otherwise the wind would break their frail bodies. They are also remarkably keen in both sight and hearing. If, while hunting, the Mimi detect the approach of Aboriginal people, they run quickly to a cleft in the rocks of the plateau and blow upon it. The rocks then open to admit the Mimi, closing behind them to keep out intruders.

[Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol. 1: Art, myth and symbolism']

Bibliography (5)

Cara Pinchbeck, Look, 'Aboriginal treasures: From the early days of the Gallery’s Indigenous collection', pg. 23, Newtown, Feb 2009, 23 (colour illus.). titled 'Mimi man and woman'

Jonathan Jones, Mountford Gifts: Works from the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948, 'Mountford Gifts: Works from the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948', pg. 1-5, Sydney, 2009, 3, 4, 6 (colour illus.).

Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 145 (colour illus.), 230.

Public Programmes Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, 'Early collecting in western Arnhem Land', Sydney, 2004, (colour illus.).

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 22. cat.no. 55; titled 'Mimi man and woman'

Exhibition history (2)

Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004

Mountford Gifts: Works from the American Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1948, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 21 Mar 2009–03 Jun 2009