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Lot 359: Ronnie Tjampitjinpa 1997 Tingari Cycle synthetic polymer paint on Belgian Linen

Fine Aboriginal & Ethnographic Art

by Theodore Bruce

December 11, 2016

Sydney, Australia

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Description: Ronnie Tjampitjinpa
1997
Tingari Cycle
synthetic polymer paint on Belgian Linen
91 x 61 cm

PROVENANCE:
Kimberley Australian Aboriginal Art Certificate of Authenticity.
Catalogue Number: RT970773
Papunya Tula Artists Certificate of Authenticity
Catalogue Number: RT970773

OTHER NOTES:
This painting depicts body paint designs worn by women during ceremonies at the salt lake site of Pippirri, on the easterm side of Lake Mackay. These ceremonies form part of the Tingari Cycle.

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.

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