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Djeritmingin Spirit - Woolen River

collected 1960


  • Details

    Other Title
    The spirit Djeritmingin
    Place where the work was made
    Milingimbi Central Arnhem Land Northern Territory Australia
    collected 1960
    Media category
    Bark painting
    Materials used
    natural pigments on bark
    72.4 x 44.5 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Binyinyuwuy Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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    Artist information
    Binyinyuwuy Djarrankuykuy

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  • About

    Djeritmingin is shown as a fish cooped up in a spring pool of fresh water who wanted to get through impassable rock (shown in saw tooth fashion). The two small fish, his children, tried unsuccessfully to find a way out so he then forced his way out with his legs and traveled to the brackish water where salt water meets fresh water at river mouths. He now resides there and is said to make welcoming rain to visitors crossing the sea. Cross-hatching at each end and the center represents underwater rocks.

    © Australian Art Department, Art Gallery of New South Wales, 2005

  • Places

    Where the work was made


  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 4 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 3 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, 38 (colour illus.).

    • Emily Joyce Evans and Falk Wolf, Remembering forward: Australian Aboriginal painting since 1960, 'Bark paintings', pg. 102-123, Cologne, 2010, 103 (colour illus.), 118. cat.no. 44

    • Cara Pinchbeck, Lindy Allen and Louise Hamby, Art from Milingimbi, Sydney, 2016, 59 (colour illus.), 140.

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