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Lot 338: Mitjili Napurrula Watiya-Tjuta synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen

Fine Aboriginal & Ethnographic Art

by Theodore Bruce

December 11, 2016

Sydney, Australia

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Description: Mitjili Napurrula
Watiya-Tjuta
synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen

183 x 121 cm

PROVENANCE:
Gundooee Aboriginal Art, Terrigal NSW Cooee Art, Bondi NSW Working photos accompany painting

OTHER NOTES:
The painting depicts four significant elements referring to Uwalki Country - around Ikuntji (Haasts Bluff) west of Alice Springs in Central Australia.

Significant depictions are:
- Watiya tjuta (trees)
- Sand hills and rocks

The Aboriginal men use the wood from the watiya tjuta (trees) to hand carve spears, artefacts and ceremonial objects associated with men''s business.

Mitjili''s paintings followed the style of the artists from Papunya. On returning to Haasts Bluff she commenced painting in 1992 for the Ikuntji Women''s Centre. She soon developed her own style drawing on her father''s Dreaming Uwalki, which is the story of the spear straightening ceremony taught to Mitjili by her mother.

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