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Title

Mundukul

1961


Artist

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

Australia

1932 - 1981

Language groups

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region, Birrkili, Arnhem region


About

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.


Details


Other Title

Five snakes


Date

1961


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

87.6 x 37.5 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1961


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA18.1961


Artist information

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

Artist profile

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Edmund Capon, Unknown, Tony Tuckson, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Unknown, Christopher Hodges, Helen Eager, Unknown, Unknown, Daphne Wallace and Unknown, Gamarada, Sydney, 1996, 32 (colour illus.).