An image of The Rain Men (Birimbira)

Munggurrawuy Yunupingu

(Australia circa 1907 – 12 Apr 1979)

Community
Biranybirany (Caledon Bay), Arnhem region
Language group
Gumatj, Arnhem region

The Rain Men (Birimbira)

Other titles:
The Rain Men or Birimbira
Location
Not on display
Further information

Munggurrawuy Yunupingu's bark paintings are complex, many layered narratives pertaining to the creation of the Gumatj homelands in north east Arnhem Land. The diamond shaped miny’tji (sacred clan designs) are distinctive to Yirritja moiety artworks. In these paintings, the journeys and actions of ancestor beings are revealed, accompanied by motifs representing the transformation they wrought up on the landscape, such as the smoke and ash of fires, footprints, thunderclouds and rain.

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1959
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
67.3 x 56.5 cm
Signature & date
Not signed. Not dated.
Credit
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
Accession number
IA49.1959
Copyright
© Estate of Munggurrawuy Yunupingu. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney.