Possum and bandicoot with mimih fighting
Spider Namirrki Nabunu
1924 - 1973
The mimih were responsible for the creation of the possum and bandicoot (seen in the top panel). However, they have fallen out over the sacrilegious eating of one of the animals - two mimih are fighting, and their relatives are remonstrating with them. One relative, an old man, is trying to play on the sympathy of the fighters by showing he only has one leg.
from Hetti Perkins et al., 'Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004
natural pigments on bark
86.4 x 45.8 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Not on display
© Spider Namirrki Nabunu. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd
Where the work was made
Shown in 4 exhibitions
Purchases and Acquisitions for 1960, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 22 Mar 1961–23 Apr 1961
Gamarada, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 15 Nov 1996–16 Feb 1997
Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 24 Sep 2004–12 Dec 2004
Sentient lands, Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 04 Jun 2016–08 Oct 2017
Referenced in 1 publication
Hetti Perkins, Crossing country: the alchemy of western Arnhem Land art, Sydney, 2004, 38 (colour illus.), 227.