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Title

Mimih man and woman

(1948)


Artist

Unknown

Australia


About

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']


Details


Other Title

Mimi man and woman


Date

(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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9274


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

514


Place

Where the work was made
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 5 publications

Bibliography


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.).

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'

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

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

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.).