Unknown

(Australia  – )

Division of fish

Location
Not on display
Further information

The bark painting [Division of fish] illustrates the method of dividing fishfor cooking and later distribution. On the left hand side is the complete fish, probably one of the gurnards. The fish is cut down the backbone and below the vent, after the head has been removed. The piece, the tastiest portion is called gunmirik, the head gungoil, while the back and tail are known as gunbotmir.

[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
Dimensions
58.0 x 46.3 cm image/sheet; 76.0 x 63.1 x 3.6 cm frame
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of the Commonwealth Government 1956
Accession number
9282
Copyright
© The artist