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Samson BONSON_Mimih Spirit_Australian Aboriginal Art
N°: 4254

Artist: Samson BONSON

Title: Mimih Spirit

Art : Aboriginal

Community: Maningrida

Dimensions: L: 62 x H: 250 x P: 5 cm


Medium: Natural pigments on wood
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Arnhem Land carvers, particularly Maningrida carvers such as Samson Bonson, specialise in the reproduction of tall, slender spirits whom they call Mimih, ancestral, marine and cosmic spirits of the Dreamtime. The bodies are covered with crossbars and dots that evoke Australian spaces. The heads, with their flat skulls, have a naive appearance that borders on the comical. The Mimih are terribly thin, with necks so thin that a strong breeze would be fatal. For this reason, they only appear on windless days and nights to hunt. The Mimih taught the first humans the knowledge of how to survive in the rocky environment of the Arnhem Land plateau: how to hunt and shoot game, how to use medicinal plants, how to dance, sing and paint.
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  Some references:
Musée du Quai Branly, Musée des Confluences à Lyon, Musée d'Art Contemporain les Abattoirs à Toulouse, Musée des Arts d’Afrique et d’Asie de Vichy, Musée de la Musique, Museum d'histoire naturelle de Lille, Musée de Rochefort, Fondation Electricité de France, Fondation Colas, Banque Dexia ...

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