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Title

Mimih ceremony

1960


Artist

Spider Namirrki Nabunu

Australia

1924 - 1973

Language group

Kunwinjku, Arnhem region


About

Spider Namirriki Nabunu was active from the 1960s, when he was living and working at Kunbarlanja (Oenpelli). This painting was acquired in 1960 by Dr Stuart Scougall and gifted to the Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney.

from Hetti Perkins et al., 'Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004


Details


Other Titles

Mimi, a spirit people, holding a corroboree, in ancestral times

Mimi corroboree


Date

1960


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

85.0 x 51.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA11.1960


Artist information

Spider Namirrki Nabunu

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Beswick Creek

Shown in 5 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 3 publications

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, 25 (colour illus.).

Frederick D. McCarthy, Australian Aboriginal art: bark paintings, carved figures, sacred and secular objects: an exhibition arranged by the State art galleries of Australia, 1960-1961, 'Introduction', pg. 7-17, Sydney, 1960, 11, 18 (illus.), 30. cat.no. 88; plate no. 17

Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 38 (colour illus.), 227.