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Title

Tingari Women at Kanaputa


Artist

Nanyuma Napangati

Australia

circa 1944 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region


About

In mythological times a large group of Tingari Women made camp at Kanaputa, close to the Kiwirrkura Community. The women had gathered to perform ceremonies. The single straight line indicates a ceremonial hair-string pubic belt, while the oval shape represents a grinding stone which is used to prepare the ochres for the body decoration. Since events associated with the Tingari Cycle 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.

Documentation Card, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, 1996


Details


Date

1996


Media category

Painting


Materials used

synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas


Dimensions

61.0 x 55.0 cm


Signature & date

Not signed. Not dated.


Credit

Mollie Gowing Acquisition Fund for Contemporary Aboriginal Art 1997


Location

Not on display


Accession number

74.1997


Artist information

Nanyuma Napangati

Works in the collection

1


Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


  • Papunya Women, Utopia Art Sydney, Waterloo, 16 Nov 1996–14 Dec 1996