Mick Magani (circa 1920-1984) Untitled (Ancestral figure with Totemic Animals)

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Mick Magani
(circa 1920-1984)
Untitled (Ancestral figure with Totemic Animals)

Sold for AU$ 2,400 (US$ 1,659) inc. premium
Mick Magani (circa 1920-1984)
Untitled (Ancestral figure with Totemic Animals)
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
92 x 27.5cm (36 1/4 x 10 13/16in).

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  • PROVENANCE:
    Painted in Western Arnhem Land circa 1960s
    Private collection

    A significant Mildjingi ceremonial leader, Mick Magani created an array of small bark paintings and carvings depicting a variety of ancestral figures and animals during his time living in Milingimbi, Maningrida and later at the place of his birth, Gatji Creek.

    This archetypal image shows an ancestral figure, possibly a hunter, surrounded by various totemic animals. The bold jagged lines, which delineate and shape these ancestral inhabitants, render the complex waterways of Magani's homelands. The selective application of rarrk, identifies the metaphysical relationships between the painted ancestral figure, the animals and the landscape.
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