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Dapaliny (small non-edible grub)

circa 1959


Giminydju Munduwuy


1915 – 1993

Language group: Mandhalpuy, Arnhem region

  • Details

    Other Title
    Small non-edible grub (dabalain)
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    circa 1959
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    81.3 x 42.5 cm
    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Estate of Giminydju Munduwuy/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Giminydju Munduwuy

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  • About

    Giminydju Munduwuy is probably best known as the father of famed actor David Gulpilil. Giminydju was not a prolific artist, but painted consistently and passed his skills to his son, who was known for his paintings before becoming more recognised for his skills on screen. Many of Giminydju’s works refer to the Wägilak sisters. In this work he depicts the small grub known as dapaliny, with its young painted in yellow. Dapaliny are considered a nuisance, swarming uncontrollably across land and water during certain seasons.

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Lindy Allen and Louise Hamby, Art from Milingimbi, Sydney, 2016, 93 (colour illus.), 141.