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Title

Division of fish

(1948)


Artist

Unknown

Australia


About

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']


Details


Date

(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


Location

Not on display


Accession number

9282


Artist information

Unknown

Works in the collection

514


Place

Where the work was made
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 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, 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'