An image of Deimiri - the whale

Mathaman Marika

(Australia circa 1915 – 11 Jan 1970)

Community
Yirrkala, Arnhem region
Language group
Rirratjingu, Arnhem region

Deimiri - the whale

Location
Not on display
Further information

The main object is a large Deimiri. The lines from the head are hair like trailers or whiskers. The little objects on its back are a type of barnacle (munduga). Swimming beside it are two moonfish and two green turtles. The red and black cross lines are submerged reefs. The hatching is waves. -- Harry Messel

Place of origin
Yirrkala, North-east Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
60.0 x 35.0 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Harry Messel 1989
Accession number
63.1989
Copyright
© Mathaman Marika, courtesy Buku-Larrnggay Mulka Arts Centre, Yirrkala