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Title

Mundukul

1961

Artist

  • Details

    Other Title
    Five snakes
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    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
    Copyright
    © Lipundja. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

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    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.

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Milingimbi

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 3 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    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.

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