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Tingari women at Ngyila



Josephine Nangala


circa 1950 –

Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region

  • Details

    Place where the work was made
    Kiwirrkurra East Gibson Desert Western Australia Australia
    Media category
    Materials used
    synthetic polymer paint on linen canvas
    61.0 x 55.0 cm
    Signature & date

    Not signed. Not dated.

    Mollie Gowing Acquisition fund for Contemporary Aboriginal art 1997
    Not on display
    Accession number
    © Josephine Nangala/Copyright Agency

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    Artist information
    Josephine Nangala

    Works in the collection


  • About

    The 'U' shapes in this painting show a group of Tingari Women sitting beside the rockholes at Ngyila, west of the Kiwirrkura Community. The women later travelled to Ngaru. 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

    • Papunya Women, Utopia Art Sydney Pty Ltd, Alexandria, 16 Nov 1996–14 Dec 1996

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