An image of Manpiri (catfish)

Tom Djawa

(Australia 1905 – 23 Mar 1980)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Gupapuyngu, Arnhem region

Manpiri (catfish)

Other titles:
Catfish (Manbiri) totem
Location
Not on display
Further information

The refined minimalism inherent in the manpiri (catfish) design is given inspired form by Djäwa in 'Manpiri (catfish)' c1950. The delicacy of the brushwork across the bark, with only subtle variations, creates a mirage-like effect. Djäwa again employs a central band to ground the work, creating a sense of balance between the upper and lower sections. This design is specific to the Gupapuyngu Daygurrgurr clan.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1950
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
120.0 x 40.6 cm
Credit
Purchased 1959
Accession number
IA24.1959
Copyright
© Djawa Estate. Licensed by Aboriginal Artist Agency Ltd, Sydney