An image of Possum and bandicoot with mimih fighting

Spider Namirrki Nabunu

(Australia 1924 – 1973)

Community
Mudginberri, Arnhem region, Gunbalanya (Oenpelli), Arnhem region
Language group
Kunwinjku, Arnhem region

Possum and bandicoot with mimih fighting

Location
Not on display
Further information

The mimih were responsible for the creation of the possum and bandicoot (seen in the top panel). However, they have fallen out over the sacrilegious eating of one of the animals - two mimih are fighting, and their relatives are remonstrating with them. One relative, an old man, is trying to play on the sympathy of the fighters by showing he only has one leg.

from Hetti Perkins et al., 'Crossing country: the alchemy of Western Arnhem Land art', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 2004

Place of origin
Beswick Creek, Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1960
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
86.4 x 45.8 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
Accession number
IA12.1960
Copyright
© Spider Namirrki Nabunu. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd