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mimis dance the jungarin
  • Old Nymn
  • mimis dance the jungarin, late 1800s–1920
  • Where object was made: West Arnhem Land, Northern Territory, Australia
  • bark, pigment
  • Object Height/Width/Depth: 57 x 33.5 x 4 cm
    Object Height/Width/Depth: 22 7/16 x 13 3/16 x 1 9/16 in
  • Gift from the Menninger Foundation
  • Not on display
  • 2007.5090

The flat rectangular piece of bark has seven white figures, identified as mimis. Each figure has two orange stripes and a few rows of black dots at the hips. All have their mouths open and arms bent. The third figure from the left has its arms bent on either side and figure on the facing right has its arms bent downward. The remaing figures all have their arms bent on the figure's left and directed upward. It has a brown field with a nearly complete border of orange and dark brown squares with white outlines, possibly a snake.