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Title

Tingari Women at Watunuma

1996


Artist

Wintjiya Napaltjarri

Australia

circa 1932 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region


About

This painting depicts designs associated with the site of Watunuma, north of the Kintore Community. In mythological times a large group of Tingari Women travelled to this site. 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


Place where the work was made

Walungurru (Kintore) Northern Territory Australia


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

76.1997


Artist information

Wintjiya Napaltjarri

Works in the collection

5


Place

Where the work was made
Walungurru (Kintore)

Shown in 1 exhibition

Exhibition history


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