David Malangi painting
Aboriginal bark painting by David Malangi
David Malangi was the traditional guardian of this dreaming and is part of the Manarrngu mortuary rites. The central figure Gurrumirringu a great hunter has died and his body painted by senior men for burial . A song group is sitting around the body playing the didgeridoo and beating the clap sticks. As they paint the body they sing the story of his death.
Painting is very flat, excellent pigments and 123cm X 72 cm
Gurrumirringu spirit is now the guardian of the Manarrgu people and the story of his life and cause of his death is re- enacted in dance and song when ever a member of a clan dies.