Date of Production
earth pigments, pva fixative, on bark (Eucalyptus tetradonta)
168 x 44 cm
Purchased with funds from the Colin Hicks Caldwell Bequest, 2004
A member of a well known Aboriginal family of artists, Samuel
Namundja was taught to paint by his father Peter Marralwanga who
also passed on to him the stories relating to the Kardbam clan.
A Namorrorddo is a malevolent spirit of either gender with a
slim body and long claws or nails. Although the spirit cannot talk,
it does make a whistling sound when it passes by, which serves as a
warning to humans to remain motionless and avoid the slashing of
the claws. Images of these spirits which are associated with
illness and death, are also to be found in rock paintings in the
Cadell River region to the east of Maningrida in Arnhem Land.