Tingari women at Ngyila
circa 1950 –
Language group: Pintupi, Western Desert region
- Place where the work was made
East Gibson Desert
- 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
- Artist information
Works in the collection
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
Shown in 1 exhibition
Papunya Women, Utopia Art Sydney Pty Ltd, Alexandria, 16 Nov 1996–14 Dec 1996