An image of Mundukul

Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy Garawirrtja

(Australia 1932 – 1981)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region, Galiwinj'ku (Elcho Island), Arnhem region
Language group
Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region, Birrkili, Arnhem region

Mundukul

Other titles:
Five snakes
Location
Not on display
Further information

In the elegant bark painting 'Mundukul' 1961 Djimbarrdjimbarrwuy gives precise form to five Yirritja snakes. Sinuous and poised on the points of their tails, they reach for the sky in an attempt to pierce the storm clouds causing torrential rains to fall. Mundukul is shared by a number of clans of both moieties, with people being wary of angering it for fear of any retribution it may enact, such as spitting lightning, unleashing destructive storms or even swallowing people whole.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
1961
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
87.6 x 37.5 cm
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1961
Accession number
IA18.1961
Copyright
© Lipundja. Licensed by Copyright Agency