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Title

The Rain Men (Birimbira)


Artist

Munggurrawuy Yunupingu

Australia

circa 1907 - 12 Apr 1979

Language group

Gumatj, Arnhem region


About

Munggurrawuy Yunupingu's bark paintings are complex, many layered narratives pertaining to the creation of the Gumatj homelands in north east Arnhem Land. The diamond shaped miny’tji (sacred clan designs) are distinctive to Yirritja moiety artworks. In these paintings, the journeys and actions of ancestor beings are revealed, accompanied by motifs representing the transformation they wrought up on the landscape, such as the smoke and ash of fires, footprints, thunderclouds and rain.


Details


Other Title

The Rain Men or Birimbira


Date

circa 1959


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

67.3 x 56.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA49.1959


Artist information

Munggurrawuy Yunupingu

Works in the collection

16


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 4 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

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