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Title

Namarrkon - the Lightning Spirit

1985

Artist

Jimmy Njiminjuma

Australia

1947 - 02 Oct 2004

Language group

Kuninjku, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Title
    Namarrgon - the Lightning Spirit
    Place where the work was made
    Mumeka Western Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1985
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    Dimensions
    136.0 x 30.0 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Purchased 1985
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    220.1985
    Copyright
    © Jimmy Njiminjuma. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    This entity, who is responsible for lightning and thunder, which he produces by striking out with axes which protrude from his joints, is painted on both stone and bark in a form informants describe as ‘like a grasshopper’

    Namarrkon is said to have ‘made’ aljurr, Leichhardt’s or the spectacular grasshopper (petasia ephippigera). The species emerges, mates and is most active and visible in the season known as Gunemeleng between October and December when there are intense electrical storms. Aljurr is then said to be 'looking for' Namarrkkon, the lightning spirit.

    [Art Centre documentation]

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

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