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An image of The Rain Men (Birimbira) by Munggurrawuy Yunupingu

Munggurrawuy Yunupingu

(Australia circa 1907 – 12 Apr 1979)

Language group
Gumatj, Arnhem region
Title
The Rain Men (Birimbira)
Other titles:
The Rain Men or Birimbira
Place of origin
YirrkalaNorth-east Arnhem LandNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Year
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
Accession number
IA49.1959
Copyright
© Estate of Munggurrawuy Yunupingu. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.
Location
Not on display
Further information

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.

Bibliography (1)

Frederick D. McCarthy, Australian Aboriginal art: bark paintings, carved figures, sacred and secular objects: an exhibition arranged by the State art galleries of Australia, 1960-1961, 'Introduction', pg. 7-17, Sydney, 1960, 28. cat.no. 74

Exhibition history (4)

Australian Aboriginal art: bark paintings, carved figures, sacred and secular objects: an exhibition arranged by the State art galleries of Australia, 1960-1961:

Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997

Bulada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 23 Aug 1997–14 Dec 1997

ochre: bark paintings from the Collection (2000-01), Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 02 Nov 2000–06 May 2001