Birrikidji Gumana (circa 1898-1982) Untitled (Minhala, long necked tortoise)
Lot 125
Birrikidji Gumana (circa 1898-1982) Untitled (Minhala, long necked tortoise)
AU$ 3,000 - 5,000
US$ 2,800 - 4,700
Auction Details
Lot Details
Birrikidji Gumana (circa 1898-1982)
Untitled (Minhala, long necked tortoise)
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
57 x 33cm

Footnotes

  • PROVENANCE:
    Painted at Yirrkala, North East Arnhem Land in the early 1950s
    Private collection of the late Leonhard Adam

    EXHIBITED:
    Museum of Ethnography at the University of Bonn, Germany, from the late 1950s - 1993
    Brighton Museum and Art Gallery, Royal Pavilion Gardens, Brighton, United Kingdom, 1994 – 2011

    The painting depicts the fish trap that is set up across the river at the site of Gangan. The design is also associated with Minhala the ancestral long necked tortoise.

    Bonhams would like to thank Dr Howard Morphy for assisting in identifying the subject matter of this bark.
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