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Deimiri - the whale


Mathaman Marika


circa 1915 – 11 Jan 1970

Language group: Rirratjingu, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Yirrkala North-east Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    60.0 x 35.0 cm (irreg.)
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Harry Messel 1989
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Mathaman Marika, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre, Yirrkala

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    Artist information
    Mathaman Marika

    Works in the collection


  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Edmund Capon AM, OBE, 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, 59 (colour illus.).

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