In the elegant bark painting 'Mundukul' 1961 Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy gives precise form to five Yirritja snakes. Sinuous and poised on the points of their tails, they reach for the sky in an attempt to pierce the storm clouds causing torrential rains to fall. Mundukul is shared by a number of clans of both moieties, with people being wary of angering it for fear of any retribution it may enact, such as spitting lightning, unleashing destructive storms or even swallowing people whole.
natural pigments on bark
87.6 x 37.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1961
Not on display
© Lipundja. Licensed by Copyright Agency
Where the work was made
Shown in 3 exhibitions
Referenced in 2 publications
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, 32 (colour illus.).
Cara Pinchbeck, Art from Milingimbi, ‘Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy’, pg. 86-91, Sydney, 2016, 88 (colour illus.), 141.