Unknown

(Australia  – )

Mimih man and woman

Other titles:
Mimi man and woman
Location
Not on display
Further information

The Mimi whose homes are under the great rocks of the plateau, are particularly tall and thin, so thin in fact that they can hunt only in still weather otherwise the wind would break their frail bodies. They are also remarkably keen in both sight and hearing. If, while hunting, the Mimi detect the approach of Aboriginal people, they run quickly to a cleft in the rocks of the plateau and blow upon it. The rocks then open to admit the Mimi, closing behind them to keep out intruders.

[Charles P. Mountford, 'Records of the American-Australian scientific expedition to Arnhem Land vol. 1: Art, myth and symbolism']

Place of origin
Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
(1948)
Media
Painting
Medium
natural pigments on paper on cardboard
Dimensions
58.4 x 45.0 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 63.2 x 3.5 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
Accession number
9274