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Title

Deimiri - the whale


Artist

Mathaman Marika

Australia

circa 1915 - 11 Jan 1970

Language group

Rirratjingu, Arnhem region


About

The main object is a large Deimiri. The lines from the head are hair like trailers or whiskers. The little objects on its back are a type of barnacle (munduga). Swimming beside it are two moonfish and two green turtles. The red and black cross lines are submerged reefs. The hatching is waves. -- Harry Messel


Details


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

60.0 x 35.0 cm (irreg.)


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Harry Messel 1989


Location

Not on display


Accession number

63.1989


Artist information

Mathaman Marika

Works in the collection

6


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Unknown, Unknown, Tony Tuckson, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown and Unknown, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 59 (colour illus.).