Important Aboriginal Art
25 March 2009


born c.1930

synthetic polymer paint on linen

153.0 x 122.0 cm

inscribed verso: artist's name and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd catalogue number WT0104001

$10,000 - 15,000

Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Alice Springs
Payla Art, Darwin
Private collection, Darwin

Catalogue text

This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Alice Springs which reads, 'This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Tjulpunya, west of Lake MacDonald. In mythological times a large group of Tingari Men camped at this site before continuing their journey further west. Since events associated with the Tingari Cylcle are of a secret nature no further detail was given. Generally, the Tingari are a group of mythical characters of the Dreaming, who travelled over vast stretches of the country, performing rituals and creating and shaping particular sites. The Tingari Men were usually followed by Tingari Women and accompanied by novices and their travels and adventures are enshrined in a number of song cycles. These mythologies form part of the teachings of the post initiatory youths today as well as providing explanations for contemporary customs.'