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An image of Possum and bandicoot with mimih fighting by Spider Namirrki Nabunu

Spider Namirrki Nabunu

(Australia 1924 – 1973)

Language group
Kunwinjku, Arnhem region
Title
Possum and bandicoot with mimih fighting
Place of origin
Beswick CreekWestern Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
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
Accession number
IA12.1960
Copyright
© Spider Namirrki Nabunu, Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Location
Not on display
Further information

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

Bibliography (1)

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

Exhibition history (3)

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

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