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Medium
earth pigments on Stringybark (Eucalyptus sp.)
Measurements
83.4 × 58.5 cm
Place/s of Execution
Minjilang, Croker Island, Northern Territory
Inscription
inscribed in fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.r.: 1975
inscribed (vertically) in fibre-tipped pen on reverse u.r MIDJAU-MIDJAU / 1897-1985
Accession Number
2013.614
Department
Indigenous Art
Credit Line
National Gallery of Victoria, Melbourne
Gift of Louise Rath in memory of Rene Davidson through the Australian Government's Cultural Gifts Program, 2013
Gallery location
Not on display
Description
Kandakid, the male plains kangaroo is represented in X-ray and bears rarrk (crosshatched designs) for the Mardayin ceremony on his hind legs, indicating his Dreaming significance. A male Mimih hunter carrying a dilly bag is depicted on the right as a red ochre shadow on the white background, with spears and spear thrower nearby. In common with the artist’s paintings of human figures, the mimih’s genitalia is clearly indicated.