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funeral corroboree: mimi spirits
  • Balilbalil
    active 1950–1965
    active: Australia
  • funeral corroboree: mimi spirits, 1950–1965
  • Where object was made: Oenpelli, Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • eucalyptus tree bark, pigment, wood, plant fiber
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 65.5 x 58 x 7 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 25 3/4 x 22 13/16 x 2 3/4 in
  • Gift of Edward L. Ruhe
  • Not on display
  • 1971.0168

Flattened rectangle of bark. Wooden dowel at top and bottom held in place with plant fibers at regular intervals. Brown field. Large irregular shape at bottom with small semicircles along the sides. The shape and semicircles are filled with crosshatching in red and white. Three human figures standing at top, two human figures next to them are either laying down or oriented sideways. A cluster of "Y" shaped sticks. Smaller scale human figures on the semicircles of the irregular shape.

The large scale human figures are filled with red and white crosshatching. Most of the smaller figures are filled with red and white diagonal lines.