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Title

Three mimihs dancing


Artist

Samuel Wagbara

Australia

1928 - 1979

Language group

Maung, Arnhem region


About

The three animated mimi figures on this early bark from Croker Island contrast markedly with the more static figures typical of Crusoe Kurdals's carvings. Although the images are similar, these express concepts relating to sexual misbehaviour (suggested by their enlarged sexual organs). They also feature ant-like heads and internal patterns in the x-ray style typical of rock art from the same region.

from Margo Neale, 'Yiribana', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1994


Details


Other Titles

Bark painting (Three Mimi figures dancing)

Three Mimi figures dancing


Date

(1964)


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on eucalyptus bark


Dimensions

76.2 x 54.6 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Purchased 1964


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA2.1964


Artist information

Samuel Wagbara

Works in the collection

1


Place

Where the work was made
Croker Island

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 4 publications

Bibliography


Margo Neale, Yiribana: Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander collection, Sydney, 1994, 52, 53 (colour illus.), 138, 139. plate no. 23

Margo Neale, Yiribana, Sydney, 1994, 8 (colour illus.).

Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 28 (colour illus.), 230.

Jill Sykes, Look, 'Crossing country: quotes from the Symposium', pg. 35, Sydney, Dec 2004-Jan 2005, 35 (colour illus.).