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Title

Mimih man and woman

(1948)

Artist

Unknown

Australia

No image
  • Details

    Other Title
    Mimi man and woman
    Place where the work was made
    Gunbalanya (Oenpelli) Western Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    (1948)
    Media category
    Painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on paper on cardboard
    Dimensions
    58.4 x 45.0 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 63.2 x 3.5 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    9274
    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    1,094

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  • About

    The Mimi whose homes are under the great rocks of the plateau, are particularly tall and thin, so thin in fact that they can hunt only in still weather otherwise the wind would break their frail bodies. They are also remarkably keen in both sight and hearing. If, while hunting, the Mimi detect the approach of Aboriginal people, they run quickly to a cleft in the rocks of the plateau and blow upon it. The rocks then open to admit the Mimi, closing behind them to keep out intruders.

    [Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol. 1: Art, myth and symbolism']

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Gunbalanya (Oenpelli)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 5 publications

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