An image of Three mimihs dancing

Samuel Wagbara

(Australia 1928 – 1979)

Community
Minjilang (Croker Island), Arnhem region, Warruwi (Goulburn Island), Arnhem region
Language group
Maung, Arnhem region

Three mimihs dancing

Other titles:
Bark painting (Three Mimi figures dancing), Three Mimi figures dancing
Location
Not on display
Further information

The three animated mimi figures on this early bark from Croker Island contrast markedly with the more static figures typical of Crusoe Kurdals's carvings. Although the images are similar, these express concepts relating to sexual misbehaviour (suggested by their enlarged sexual organs). They also feature ant-like heads and internal patterns in the x-ray style typical of rock art from the same region.

from Margo Neale, 'Yiribana', Art Gallery of New South Wales, Sydney, 1994

Place of origin
Croker Island, Western Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
(1964)
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on eucalyptus bark
Dimensions
76.2 x 54.6 cm (irreg.)
Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.

Credit
Purchased 1964
Accession number
IA2.1964
Copyright
© Samuel Wagbara. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd