An image of Dapaliny (small non-edible grub)

Giminydju Munduwuy

(Australia 1915 – 1993)

Community
Milingimbi, Arnhem region
Language group
Mandhalpuy, Arnhem region

Dapaliny (small non-edible grub)

Other titles:
Small non-edible grub (dabalain)
Location
Not on display
Further information

Giminydju Munduwuy is probably best known as the father of famed actor David Gulpilil. Giminydju was not a prolific artist, but painted consistently and passed his skills to his son, who was known for his paintings before becoming more recognised for his skills on screen. Many of Giminydju’s works refer to the Wägilak sisters. In this work he depicts the small grub known as dapaliny, with its young painted in yellow. Dapaliny are considered a nuisance, swarming uncontrollably across land and water during certain seasons.

Place of origin
Milingimbi, Central Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
Year
circa 1959
Media
Bark painting
Medium
natural pigments on bark
Dimensions
81.3 x 42.5 cm
Credit
Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1959
Accession number
IA43.1959
Copyright
© Giminydju Estate. Licensed by Viscopy, Sydney