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An image of Unkunya by Naata Nungurrayi

Naata Nungurrayi

(Australia circa 1932 – )

Language group
Pintupi, Western Desert region
Unkunya, from the suite Tjukurrpa Palurukutu, Kutjupawana Palyantjanya - same stories, a new way
Place of origin
PapunyaNorthern TerritoryAustralia
Media category
Materials used
etching on Hahnemühle rag paper

33.0 x 25.0 cm platemark; 55.0 x 45.0 cm sheet

Signature & date
Signed l.r. beneath platemark with artist's mark, pencil "X". Not dated.
Purchased with funds provided by the Aboriginal Collection Benefactors' Group 2011
Accession number
© Naata Nungurrayi. licensed by Viscopy, Sydney
Not on display
Further information

In addition to showcasing the quality of Papunya Tula Artists as a whole, this suite of etchings emphasises the strength of each individual artist as they successfully translate their Tjukurrpa to the new medium of printmaking. Far from being a mere copy of their paintings in a different scale and medium each artists adapts their visual language to this new process with apparent ease, resulting in bold, confident works that are extraordinary in themselves, and when combined as a suite, are truly amazing.

The art centre documentation for this work states:

This etching depicts designs associated with the soakage water site of Unkunya, west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. The Two Snake Dreaming passed through this site after travelling from far in the east. The soakages at the site, represented by the large roundel, were said to have been formed by the snakes at the point where they burrowed underground. The lines outside the roundel depict the tali (sandhills) surrounding Unkunya. During ancestral times many women travelled through this site from the west on their way to Marrapinti. At Marrapinti the women made nose bones, also known as marrapinti, which are worn through a hole in the nose-web. These nose bones were originally worn by both men and women but are now only worn by the older generation on ceremonial occasions. The women later travelled east passing through Ngaminya and Wirrulnga collecting the edible berries known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum centrale which grow in the area.

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