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Bardmardi clan, Jawoyn–Kundedjnjenghmi language, Yirridjdja moiety

Colour photograph portrait of a man. - click to view larger image

About 1895–1967

Najombolmi was a renowned rock painter as well as a bark painter, and had a reputation as a great hunter and fisherman, hence his nickname Barramundi Charlie.

Najombolmi’s rock art can be seen in Kakadu National Park: his Lightning Man Namarrkon at Anbangbang near Nourlangie rock shelter, and his image of a hunter at the Djerlandjal site near Mount Brockman.

Najombolmi also restored older rock paintings, in keeping with tradition, to retain the power of the ancestors and spirits they depict.

His bark paintings were shown in Art of the Dreamtime, Tokyo, in 1966, and at the Art Gallery of South Australia in 1974.

Painting in the exhibition

A bark painting worked with ochres on bark. It depicts a female Mimi spirit figure with elongated limbs and hands extending to the knees. The torso is covered with a diamond shaped design. The figure has a long headdress curving halfway down her back. The painting has a natural bark background with traces of black.
Namorrorddo, Malicious Spirit of the Stone Country

All these bark paintings are part of the National Museum of Australia’s collection. © the artist or the artist’s estate, licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency 2013, unless otherwise specified. These images must not be reproduced in any form without permission.

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