David MALANGI DAYMIRRINGU | Gurrmirringu and His Wife

Australia 1927 – 1999
Gurrmirringu and His Wife
(woman of pair) half figure with no legs or arms, cross-hatching on torso 1992
natural pigments on wood
85.0 (h) x 21.0 (w) cm
Acquired 1990 with Mobil Oil Funds. Mobil Yathalamarra collection Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory Collection, Darwin
© David Malangi. Licensed by VISCOPY, Australia

It was in the Dhuwa moiety lands of Mulanga on the east bank of the Glyde River that the Ancestor Gurrmirringu, known as the Great Hunter, lived. He wandered these lands harvesting fruit, seeds, berries, goanna, kangaroo, birds and fish.

Gurrmirringu’s life as a hunter was a favourite subject for Malangi in bark paintings and sculpture. A rare early depiction shows Gurrmirringuwith a wallaby resting on his shoulders, while both paintings and sculptures depict the hunter with his wife hunting, with dilly bags used for carrying food suspended from the head or shoulders.

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