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Title

Tingari Women at Watunuma

1996

Artist

Wintjiya Napaltjarri

Australia

circa 1932 -

Language group

Pintupi, Western Desert region

  • 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
    Copyright
    © Wintjiya Napaltjarri. Licensed by Aboriginal Artists Agency Ltd

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  • 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

  • Places

    Where the work was made

    Walungurru (Kintore)

  • Exhibition history

    Shown in 1 exhibition

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

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