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An image of Djeritmingin Spirit - Woolen River by Binyinyuwuy


(Australia 1928 – 1982)

Language group
Djambarrpuyungu, Arnhem region
Djeritmingin Spirit - Woolen River
Other titles:
The spirit Djeritmingin
Place of origin
MilingimbiCentral Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
collected 1960
Media category
Bark painting
Materials used
natural pigments on bark

72.4 x 44.5 cm

Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Accession number
© Binyinyiwuy/Bula'Bula Arts. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

Djeritmingin is shown as a fish cooped up in a spring pool of fresh water who wanted to get through impassable rock (shown in saw tooth fashion). The two small fish, his children, tried unsuccessfully to find a way out so he then forced his way out with his legs and traveled to the brackish water where salt water meets fresh water at river mouths. He now resides there and is said to make welcoming rain to visitors crossing the sea. Cross-hatching at each end and the center represents underwater rocks.

© Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

Bibliography (2)

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, 38 (colour illus.).

Emily Joyce Evans and Falk Wolf, Remembering forward: Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960, 'Bark paintings', pg. 102-123, Cologne, 2010, 103 (colour illus.), 118. 44

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

Remembering Forward: An Exhibition of Major Australian Indigenous Artists, Museum Ludwig, Cologne, Germany, 20 Nov 2010–20 Mar 2011