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An image of Mimih ceremony by Spider Namirrki Nabunu

Spider Namirrki Nabunu

(Australia 1924 – 1973)

Language group
Kunwinjku, Arnhem region
Title
Mimih ceremony
Other titles:
Mimi, a spirit people, holding a corroboree, in ancestral times
Mimi corroboree
Place of origin
Beswick CreekWestern Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
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
Accession number
IA11.1960
Copyright
© Spider Namirrki Nabunu, Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (3)

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.

Exhibition history (5)

Australian Aboriginal art: bark paintings, carved figures, sacred and secular objects: an exhibition arranged by the State art galleries of Australia, 1960-1961:

Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961

Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997

L'Art des Aborigènes d'Australie, Musée de Cambrai, France, 13 Sep 1998–23 Nov 1998

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