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Title

Awelye , from the portfolio Crossroads

1997

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  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Central and Western Desert Northern Territory Australia
    Date
    1997
    Media category
    Print
    Materials used
    screenprint
    Edition
    10/99
    Dimensions
    76.0 x 56.0 cm image / sheet
    Signature & date

    Signed l.l. corner, pencil "A.B.". Not dated.

    Credit
    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 1999
    Location
    Not on display
    Accession number
    62.1999.2
    Copyright
    © Ada Petyarre Petyarre. Licensed by Copyright Agency

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    Ada Bird Petyarre

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    In this print Ada Bird Petyarre depicts the awelye (body paint) for arnkerrthe, the mountain devil lizard. The mass of curved lines is directly taken from the lines of ochre painted on the breasts, shoulders and upper torso of the body. Ada Bird has transformed this linear pattern into a complex and interlocking arrangement of forms that represent the women gathering for the ceremony.

    The mountain devil lizard is the important ancestral figure for Ada Bird and her country, Anungara.

    [extract from "Crossroads - A Portfolio of Australian Aboriginal Artists"]

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Central and Western Desert

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 2 exhibitions

  • Bibliography

    Referenced in 1 publication

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