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Title

Division of fish

(1948)

Artist

Unknown

Australia

No image
  • Details

    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
    Dimensions
    58.0 x 46.3 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 63.1 x 3.6 cm frame
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Credit
    Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    9282
    Copyright
    © The artist
    Artist information
    Unknown

    Works in the collection

    937

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  • About

    The bark painting [Division of fish] illustrates the method of dividing fishfor cooking and later distribution. On the left hand side is the complete fish, probably one of the gurnards. The fish is cut down the backbone and below the vent, after the head has been removed. The piece, the tastiest portion is called gunmirik, the head gungoil, while the back and tail are known as gunbotmir.

    [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 4 publications

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