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Djambalula

Mimih Ceremony, circa 1960

Property from an American Private Collection

Djambalula

Djambalula

Mimih Ceremony, circa 1960

Mimih Ceremony, circa 1960

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Property from an American Private Collection


Djambalula

Circa 1908 - 1960

Mimih Ceremony, circa 1960


Natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

Bears number 118 on the reverse

26 ¼ in by 19 ½ in (67 by 50 cm)

Housed in a material backed wooden frame, the bark attached by clear perspex/plexiglass clips. The bark has been pierced several times in the past across the top and the bottom for attachment to a form of previous suspension. A fine hairline crack of 20 cm running through the bark in the top left-hand register [proper right]; some other hairline cracks to the surface in places. The corners in the lower register are fraying and lifting, and similarly and more substantially lifting and fraying in the centre, running for approximately 5 cm inwards from the lower edge. There are many small areas of pigment loss throughout all the painted figures, which should be visible in the catalogue photograph, though the remaining pigments appear to be fairly stable and further deterioration is not of great concern.


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Painted at Minjilang, Croker Island, Western Arnhem Land
Jerome Gould, Los Angeles
American Private Collection, bequeathed by the above
Sotheby's, Sydney, Aboriginal Art including selected Oceanic Art, 20 October 2008, lot 72, consigned by the above
American Private Collection, acquired at the above auction
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, November 2012 - December 2020

Cf. Mimih couple, 1956, in H. Morphy and M. Smith Boles, eds., Art from the Land: Dialogues with the Kluge-Ruhe Collection of Australian Aboriginal Art, Charlottesville, 1999, p. 36, pl.2.5; and Spirit Ancestor, 1960s, in L. A. Allen, Time Before Morning: Art and Myth of the Australian Aborigines, New York, 1975, p. 78.