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  • Title: Namarnde
  • Artist: Bardayal Nadjamerrek
  • Region: Arnhem Land
  • Art Centre: Injalak Arts and Crafts
  • Medium: Etching
  • Collection: Bardayal Bim
  • Dimensions: 70 x 52.5 cm
  • Edition Size: 40
  • Price ($AUD): $ 1950.00

Artwork Story

This print is available individually or as part of the Bardayal Bim folio of ten etchings. The price of the Bardayal Bim Folio is $18,500.

Wamud has depicted Namarnde – Devil Spirit, one of many types of Mimi spirits that inhabit the sandstone escarpment country of Western Arnhem Land.

Mimis are the original spirit beings. According to the Kunwinjku people of Western Arnhem Land, they existed before humans and taught them everything they needed to know – ceremonies, dance, song, hunting and bush skills. These spirits continue to live in rocks, trees, and caves in the stone country, but are rarely seen by humans.

Most Mimis are regarded as being mischievous but not threating to humans, unlike the Namarnde Devil depicted in this painting which is considered slightly ‘cheeky’, or dangerous.

This plate was created by Wamud in 2006 and was printed after his passing in 2009. The print has been authenticated with the Injalak Arts & Crafts Association Inc stamp on the back bottom left corner.

It is important to note that another unauthenticated series of ‘Namarnde’ exists without this stamp.

© Injalak Arts

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