Lot 356: George Tjungarrayi Ward 2004 Claypan and Soakage Site, Pinkarru synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
December 11, 2016
Sydney, AustraliaLive Auction
George Tjungarrayi Ward
Claypan and Soakage Site, Pinkarru
synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122 x 91 cm
Papaya Tula Artists, N.T Private Collection, NSW
This painting depicts designs associated with Kaakuratintja (Lake MacDonald). In mythological times a large group of Tingari Men traveled to this site from Kulkuta, south-west of the Tjkula Community. The Kuningka (Western Quoll) Dreaming also traveled this same route. 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.