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Lot 217: Lorna Naparrula Fencer 1998 Bush Tucker synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Fine Aboriginal & Ethnographic Art

by Theodore Bruce

December 11, 2016

Sydney, Australia

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Description: Lorna Naparrula Fencer
1998
Bush Tucker
synthetic polymer paint on canvas
169 x 129cm

PROVENANCE:
Katherine Art Gallery, 1998 Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, 1998

Photo of Lorna with the work

OTHER NOTES:
This painting tells the Dreamtime story of two women of the Napurrula and Nakamarra skin groups who are searching the countryside for bush tucker.

This painting shows the bush potato which grows tuberous roots underground, so the women must use the digging sticks to find them. The potatoes are collected in the coolamon dishes and carried back to camp to be cooked in hot coals.

The circles in the middle of radiating lines represent the holes that the women dig to find the potatoes. The meandering lines represent the complex root system and branches of the bush potato plant.

This Dreaming took place at Duck Ponds in the Northern Territory, Australia.

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