Artist; Gabriel Maralngurra
Design; Mimih Spirit
Hand screen printed on 100% SILK.
Made in Australia by local craftswoman.
60cm x 60cm cushion cover with 25mm flange.
Gabriel has depicted female Mimih spirits in this dynamic design. According to the Kunwinjku people of western Arnhem Land, Mimih spirits were the original spirit beings, who taught Aboriginal people many of the skills they needed to survive in the bush. They also taught aspects of ceremony. Mimih spirits are believed to inhabit the rocky escarpments around Gunbalanya but because they are extremely timid, they are rarely seen by humans. They are frequently depicted in the rock art of Arnhem Land as small, dynamic figures, often shown with a range of hunting tools such as spears, spear throwers, dilly bags and fire sticks. The designs were created by Injalak artists with the assistance of technician Tim Growcott.