An image of Namarrkon - the Lightning Spirit

Jimmy Njiminjuma

(Australia 1947 – 02 Oct 2004)

Community
Kurrurldul, Arnhem region
Language group
Kuninjku, Arnhem region

Namarrkon - the Lightning Spirit

Other titles:
Namarrgon - the Lightning Spirit
Location
Not on display
Further information

This entity, who is responsible for lightning and thunder, which he produces by striking out with axes which protrude from his joints, is painted on both stone and bark in a form informants describe as ‘like a grasshopper’

Namarrkon is said to have ‘made’ aljurr, Leichhardt’s or the spectacular grasshopper (petasia ephippigera). The species emerges, mates and is most active and visible in the season known as Gunemeleng between October and December when there are intense electrical storms. Aljurr is then said to be 'looking for' Namarrkkon, the lightning spirit.

[Art Centre documentation]

Place of origin
Mumeka, Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
1985
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
136.0 x 30.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1985
Accession number
220.1985
Copyright
© Jimmy Njiminjuma. Licensed by Copyright Agency