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Title

Manpiri (catfish)

circa 1950


Artist

Tom Djawa

Australia

1905 - 23 Mar 1980

Language group

Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region


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The refined minimalism inherent in the manpiri (catfish) design is given inspired form by Djäwa in 'Manpiri (catfish)' c1950. The delicacy of the brushwork across the bark, with only subtle variations, creates a mirage-like effect. Djäwa again employs a central band to ground the work, creating a sense of balance between the upper and lower sections. This design is specific to the Gupapuyngu Daygurrgurr clan.


Details


Other Title

Catfish (Manbiri) totem


Date

circa 1950


Media category

Bark painting


Materials used

natural pigments on bark


Dimensions

120.0 x 40.6 cm


Credit

Purchased 1959


Location

Not on display


Accession number

IA24.1959


Artist information

Tom Djawa

Artist profile

Works in the collection

9


Place

Where the work was made
Milingimbi

Shown in 2 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

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