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Title

Nyapililngu Wapitja


Artist

Naminapu Maymuru-White

Australia

20 Jul 1952 -

Language group

Manggalili, Arnhem region


About

This print is a triptych and was first produced in a black and white format in 1989. The reduction method of printing used for this colour version means that the original 1989 blocks have been destroyed in the colour printing process. The layers of coloured ink on the surface of the paper have been built up to resemble the complex layers of paint on a bark painting; hence giving the print an extremely strong appearance.

Part a - Nyapilingu, the subject of this print, is the most important female ancestor of the Mangalili clan. The Wapitja is the sacred digging stick carried by Nyapilingu and forms the inner shape of this print.

Part b - The cross represents the string that Nyapililngu spun out of possum fur and wore; it also symbolises how important she was. The horizontal lines are her 'raki', they represent a line of string.

Part c - The animals represent an important role within the clan, for food, furs and string. The 'raki' is a symbol of their journey of the person who dies and how the spirit will travel.

Australian Art Department, AGNSW, 1996


Details


Date

1996


Media category

Print


Materials used

triptych: colour linoprint (reduction method)


Edition

13/50


Dimensions

176.0 x 45.0 x 4.5 cm frame :

a - side panel; 46 x 20.8 cm; Image

a - side panel; 59 x 40 cm; Sheet

b - centre panel; 46 x 20.8 cm; Image

b - centre panel; 49 x 40 cm; Sheet

c - side panel; 46 x 20.8 cm; Image

c - side panel; 59 x 40 cm; Sheet


Signature & date

Signed l.r. [part 3], pencil "Naminapu Maymuru". Not dated. Part 1 and the centre panel are neither signed nor dated.


Credit

Purchased 1996


Location

Not on display


Accession number

280.1996.a-c


Artist information

Naminapu Maymuru-White

Works in the collection

4


Place

Where the work was made
Yirrkala

Shown in 3 exhibitions

Exhibition history


Referenced in 1 publication

Bibliography


Djon Mundine, Art and Australia (Vol. 34, No. 3), `Finding the Body The National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Art Award', pg. 319-321, Sydney, Jan 1997-Mar 1997, 319-321, 320 (colour illus.).