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Collection

Unknown

(Australia  – )

Title
Division of fish
Place of origin
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)Western Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
(1948)
Media category
Painting
Materials used
natural pigments on paper
Dimensions

58.0 x 46.3 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 63.1 x 3.6 cm frame

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
Accession number
9282
Location
Not on display
Further information

The bark painting [Division of fish] illustrates the method of dividing fishfor cooking and later distribution. On the left hand side is the complete fish, probably one of the gurnards. The fish is cut down the backbone and below the vent, after the head has been removed. The piece, the tastiest portion is called gunmirik, the head gungoil, while the back and tail are known as gunbotmir.

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

Bibliography (4)

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, 7 (colour illus.).

Steven Miller, John Flaxman, ‘Cultural capital: Key moments in the collecting of Australian Indigenous art’, pg. 29-41, 1979, 30 (colour illus.).

Charles P Mountford (Editor), Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land 1: Art, myth and symbolism, Melbourne, 1956, 252. plate no. 81B

National Art Gallery of New South Wales, Purchases and Acquisitions for 1956 National Art Gallery of N.S.W., Sydney, 1956, 23. cat.no. 63; titled 'Divison of fish'

Exhibition history (2)

One sun, one moon, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 03 Jul 2007–02 Dec 2007

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