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Tingari Women at Kanaputa



Nanyuma Napangati


circa 1944 –

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
    © Nanyuma Napangati. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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  • 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

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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