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      • MELBA GUNJARRWANGA (c1959 - ) Waterhole at Barlparnarra, 2011 ochre pigments with PVC fixative on stringy bark 97 x 44 cm Maningrida...
        Mar. 13, 2024

        MELBA GUNJARRWANGA (c1959 - ) Waterhole at Barlparnarra, 2011 ochre pigments with PVC fixative on stringy bark 97 x 44 cm Maningrida...

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        MELBA GUNJARRWANGA c1959 - Waterhole at Barlparnarra, 2011 ochre pigments with PVC fixative on stringy bark Maningrida Arts & Culture certificate of authenticity, cat no. 3156-11

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      • MELBA GUNJARRWANGA, MIMIH SPIRIT, 2003
        Jun. 06, 2023

        MELBA GUNJARRWANGA, MIMIH SPIRIT, 2003

        Est: $700 - $900

        MELBA GUNJARRWANGA born 1959 MIMIH SPIRIT, 2003 ochre and pigments with PVA fixative on beach hibiscus 227.0 cm (height) bears inscription on accompanying Maningrida Arts and Culture label: artist’s name, title, medium, size and cat. 1489-03 PROVENANCE Maningrida Arts and Culture, Maningrida, Northern Territory Private collection, Melbourne, acquired from the above in 2004 This work is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Maningrida Arts and Culture which states in part: ’Aboriginal people in the rocky environments of western and south-western Arnhem Land tell of the existence of tall slender spirits which they call Mimih. The name Mimih is well known throughout the top end of the Northern Territory. Aboriginal groups living in the rocky environments of western and southem Arnhem Land share mythology which relates to the beings known as Mimih. These groups include the Kunwok chain of languages, and also Rembarmga, Dalabon and Djawoyn language groups. Other groups of people with familial and ceremonial links to rock country inhabitants are also familiar with the idea of the Mimih. In recent years the Mimih has become a topic in the repertoires of some artists among the Kunibidji people, speakers of the Ndjebbana language and the traditional landowners of the Maningrida area. The people of western Arnhem Land believe that Mimih spirits live in a social organisation similar to Aboriginal people and that Mimih society existed before humans. Mimih are credited with instructing the first people with knowledge relating to survival in the rocky environment of the Arnhem Land plateau. Mimih are said to have taught the first humans how to hunt and butcher game and also how to dance, sing and paint. The song and dance style of western Arnhem Land Aboriginal people is still known to day as Mimih style. This term is also used by Aboriginal people further to the east in Central Arnhem Land when describing the dance and song of their western neighbours. Despite the usual descriptions of Mimih as being benign towards humans sometimes however they are attributed with mischievous and dangerous qualities, capable of kidnapping and even killing humans. ’Clever’ men, or Aboriginal men with supernatural powers, sometimes befriend the Mimih and are taught their songs and dances and shown their secret places. The Mimih are like people using the same kinship terms and speaking the same language as the local Aboriginal group. They live in families like humans and it is said that some of these Aboriginal men with mystical knowledge have spent time living with them in their camps.’ © Melba Gunjarrwanga/Copyright Agency 2023 This work is located in our Melbourne Gallery This work is in excellent, stable, and original condition.   Note: this work  is not sold with an accompanying display stand.

        Deutscher and Hackett
      • MELBA GUNJARRWANGA, A PAIR OF MIMIH SPIRITS, 2006
        Aug. 19, 2020

        MELBA GUNJARRWANGA, A PAIR OF MIMIH SPIRITS, 2006

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        MELBA GUNJARRWANGA born 1959 A PAIR OF MIMIH SPIRITS, 2006 ochre and pigments with PVA fixative on beach hibiscus 192.0 cm and 188.5 cm heights PROVENANCE Maningrida Arts and Culture, Northern Territory Josh Lilley Fine Art, London The Peter and Renate Nahum Collection of Aboriginal Art, London EXHIBITED Rarrk - London, Josh Lilley Fine Art in conjunction with Maningrida Arts and Culture, London, 20 September – 7 October 2007 This work is located at our Sydney gallery © Melba Gunjarrwanga/Copyright Agency 2020

        Deutscher and Hackett
      • Melba Gunjarrwanga (1959 -) - Wak Wak 115 x 43cm
        May. 28, 2015

        Melba Gunjarrwanga (1959 -) - Wak Wak 115 x 43cm

        Est: $800 - $1,200

        Melba Gunjarrwanga (1959 -) Wak Wak acrylic & natural earth pigment on bark 115 x 43cm labelled verso

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