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Title

Possum and bandicoot with mimih fighting

circa 1960


Artist

Spider Namirrki Nabunu

Australia

1924 - 1973

Language group

Kunwinjku, Arnhem region


About

The mimih were responsible for the creation of the possum and bandicoot (seen in the top panel). However, they have fallen out over the sacrilegious eating of one of the animals - two mimih are fighting, and their relatives are remonstrating with them. One relative, an old man, is trying to play on the sympathy of the fighters by showing he only has one leg.

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


Details


Date

circa 1960


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

86.4 x 45.8 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA12.1960


Artist information

Spider Namirrki Nabunu

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Beswick Creek

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


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