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Possum and bandicoot with mimih fighting

Spider Namirrki Nabunucirca 1960

Art Gallery of New South Wales

Art Gallery of New South Wales

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

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  • Title: Possum and bandicoot with mimih fighting
  • Creator: Spider Namirrki Nabunu
  • Date Created: circa 1960
  • Location: Beswick Creek/Western Arnhem Land/Northern Territory/Australia
  • Physical Dimensions: 86.4 x 45.8 cm (irreg.)
  • Provenance: Beswick Creek Settlement, 1960, Beswick Creek/Western Arnhem Land/Northern Territory/Australia
  • Type: Bark painting
  • Rights: Gift of Dr Stuart Scougall 1960
  • External Link: https://www.artgallery.nsw.gov.au/collection/works/IA12.1960
  • Medium: natural pigments on bark
  • Signature & Date: Not signed. Not dated.
  • Artist Country: Australia

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