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Lily Karedada Sold at Auction Prices

b. 1937 -

Lily Karadada (also spelt Karedada) was born in the Prince Regent River area on the Mitchell Plateau, on the north west area of the Kimberley coast of Western Australia. Her parents were Wunumbal language group, and Lily’s birthplace was Wumbango Wangurr in her Father’s country, where images of the Wandjina and Bradshaw figures are found at significant sites and rock shelters. Lily was born in the bush next to a spring, and so her father named her Mindindel, which means ‘bubbles’ .

At the time of the second World War, the young Lily and husband Jack, had made the long walk to the mission settlement at Kalumburu, which was coming under bombing attack by the Japanese. So they lived in a cave for many months on the outskirts, before finally settling back into the mission community.

Lily Karadada specializes in painting the Wandjina spirit with various totems including rain storm (dotting depicting rain generated by the Wandjina), lightning, turtle, owl nightjar and cave springwater. A dotted ground is also characteristic of Lily’s depictions of totemic species and the natural features of her country. Lily Karadada has lived all her life at Kalumburu with her large extended family, who are amongst the most consistent and longest practising Aboriginal artists from this region.

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          • Lily Karadada, Kimberley (1937), Wandjina 2006, Pigment on canvas
            Apr. 23, 2024

            Lily Karadada, Kimberley (1937), Wandjina 2006, Pigment on canvas

            Est: $2,500 - $4,000

            Lily Karadada Kimberley (1937) Wandjina 2006 Pigment on canvas The spirit is believed to be the embodiment of the rain spirit and the ancestor of the Wunambul, Nagarinyin and Worrora peoples of the northeast Kimberley region. The Wandjina spirit has been found in many caves and rock formations around this area and is traditionally believed to have power over the weather. Depicted without a mouth, the Wandjina is credited for being powerful enough to control the rain -- if it had a mouth the rain would never cease.

            Theodore Bruce Auctioneers & Valuers
          • KARADADA Lily (Aboriginal born c.1937), Wandjina, Acrylic on Canvas, 50.5x40cm
            Nov. 25, 2023

            KARADADA Lily (Aboriginal born c.1937), Wandjina, Acrylic on Canvas, 50.5x40cm

            Est: $700 - $1,100

            KARADADA, Lily (Aboriginal born c.1937) Wandjina Signed verso (obscured by framing) Acrylic on Canvas 50.5x40cm

            Davidson Auctions
          • LILY KAREDADA (born c.1937) (Language group: Wunumbul) Wandjina etching ed. 11/15 118.5 x 88cm
            Nov. 21, 2023

            LILY KAREDADA (born c.1937) (Language group: Wunumbul) Wandjina etching ed. 11/15 118.5 x 88cm

            Est: $2,500 - $4,000

            LILY KAREDADA (born c.1937) (Language group: Wunumbul) Wandjina etching ed. 11/15 118.5 x 88cm PROVENANCE: The Artist Mowanjum Art and Culture Centre, Western Australia, cat. no. XXE-LKNG10-10 (accompanied by a copy of the certificate of authenticity) The Le Pley Collection, Western Australia, acquired from the above 2010 EXHIBITIONS: Wandjina and Guion Guion, Australian Print Workshop, Melbourne, 29 May - 3 July 2010 OTHER NOTES: © Lily Karadada/Copyright Agency, 2023

            Leonard Joel
          • Lily Karadada - Wandjina, 1993
            Nov. 08, 2023

            Lily Karadada - Wandjina, 1993

            Est: $800 - $1,200

            It is said that the Wandjina is the embodiment of the rain spirit and creation ancestor of the Wonnambal, Ngarinyin and Worrora peoples of the North West Kimberley. Wandjina are prolific along the walls of caves in the plateau areas of the North Kimberley coast and are unique to this region. They are always pictured using red ochre from a frontal aspect, with no mouth, large black eyes, and a slit or beak-like nose. They are usually depicted in a veil of dots which represent the blood and water mix of man and animal. According to the Dreamtime mythology, the Wandjina emerge from the clouds to bring the monsoon rain each season. As such, it is a powerful fertility figure that keeps the spirits of unborn babies in special rockpools and waterholes.

            Cooee Art
          • LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) (Language group: Wunambal) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 1999 natural ochres on canvas 150 x 118cm
            Aug. 28, 2023

            LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) (Language group: Wunambal) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 1999 natural ochres on canvas 150 x 118cm

            Est: $4,000 - $6,000

            LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) (Language group: Wunambal) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 1999 natural ochres on canvas inscribed verso with title, date and Narrangunny Art Traders cat. no. N-2166 150 x 118cm PROVENANCE: Narrangunny Art Traders, Western Australia Ochre Gallery, Melbourne The Elizabeth Jones Collection of Contemporary Aboriginal Art, Mossgreen Auctions, Melbourne, 14 August 2007, lot 38 Private collection, Melbourne

            Leonard Joel
          • KARADADA Lily (Aboriginal born c.1937), 'Wandjina (Rain Spirit)' 2008., Acrylic on Canvas, 60x30cm
            Jul. 09, 2023

            KARADADA Lily (Aboriginal born c.1937), 'Wandjina (Rain Spirit)' 2008., Acrylic on Canvas, 60x30cm

            Est: $500 - $800

            KARADADA, Lily (Aboriginal born c.1937) 'Wandjina (Rain Spirit)' 2008. Ex Narrangunny Art Traders cat. #N-2772-LK (accompanied by certificate of authenticity). Acrylic on Canvas 60x30cm

            Davidson Auctions
          • Lily Karedada, Australia 1937, Untitled
            Jun. 22, 2023

            Lily Karedada, Australia 1937, Untitled

            Est: $300 - $500

            Lily Karedada Australia, 1937 Untitled Ochre on Bark Domicile: Kalumbuvu, West Australia, acquired from Indigen Art, Subiaco, Western Australia in 1995, and thence by descent, Private Collection, New York, NY

            Abell Auction
          • Lily Karedada, Australia 1937, Wandjina
            Jun. 22, 2023

            Lily Karedada, Australia 1937, Wandjina

            Est: $300 - $500

            Lily Karedada Australia, 1937 Wandjina Natural earth pigments on bark Includes a certification of authentication, acquired from Journey Into Aboriginal Art, Perth, Western Australia in 1995, and thence by descent, Private Collection, New York, NY

            Abell Auction
          • Lily Karadada - Wandjina, 1998
            Jun. 20, 2023

            Lily Karadada - Wandjina, 1998

            Est: $3,000 - $5,000

            Widely regarded as the last of the great Wandjina painters from the Kimberley in north west Australia, Lily Karedada was born near the Prince Regent River surrounded by caves and rock galleries. Here it is believed that during the creation period the Wandjinas lay down leaving their life giving essence in the caves as they return to their home in the clouds. Wandjinas bring the monsoon rains and fertility to the land. They are usually shown either in groups or surrounded by associated totemic species. Always depicted frontally, their large eyes dominate on a mouthless face, sometimes on top of a simple robe-like body. Radiating lines around the eyes or in a halo around the head represent the lightning that heralds a storm. The first lightning strike renders their mouths tightly closed. If their mouths were left open, we are told, it would rain incessantly, carrying everything away in a torrent. The earliest transfer of these images from rock to bark was at the request of early missionaries and explorers during the 1930s. Lily’s Wanambal people were displaced from their traditional lands. Their way of life, including the regular retouching of the rock images and conveying of stories by tribal elders was forbidden by missionaries. When Kimberley art first found its way to the market during the 1970s under the guidance of Mary Macha, Lily and her husband Jack Karedada participated in the first exhibition in Perth. Bringing this unique tradition to public attention ensured its survival. The assimilation of sacred elements into the secular did not detract from its numinous character, nor its ability to mesmerise an audience. Lily’s refined style is full of subtle variations in tone. Her figures are outlined and rendered with the distinctive pointy shoulders of her particular cave area and often emerge from a veil of rain-like dots. They are accompanied by animal spirits, beautifully captured and uncluttered in character.

            Cooee Art
          • LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937), Wandjina
            May. 08, 2023

            LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937), Wandjina

            Est: $1,800 - $2,800

            LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937) Wandjina natural earth pigments on bark inscribed verso : LILY KARADADA #5596 EAB 9860 69.5 x 45cm inscribed verso with artist's name and cat. no. 5596 PROVENANCE Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne © Lily Karadada/Copyright Agency, 2023

            Gibson's Auctions
          • LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937), Wandjina
            May. 08, 2023

            LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937), Wandjina

            Est: $1,000 - $1,500

            LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937) Wandjina natural earth pigments on bark 77 x 38cm inscribed verso with Waringarri Aboriginal Arts cat. no. BP4228 and cat. no. 5851 PROVENANCE Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, WA © Lily Karadada/Copyright Agency, 2023

            Gibson's Auctions
          • LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937), Wandjina
            May. 08, 2023

            LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937), Wandjina

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            LILY KARADADA (BORN CIRCA 1937) Wandjina natural earth pigments on bark inscribed verso: LILY KARADADA/ WANJINA / cat. no. 5968 61 x 38cm PROVENANCE Alison Kelly Gallery, Melbourne © Lily Karadada/Copyright Agency, 2023

            Gibson's Auctions
          • Lily Karadada, , Three Wandjina, Natural earth pigments on canvas
            Mar. 20, 2023

            Lily Karadada, , Three Wandjina, Natural earth pigments on canvas

            Est: $1,400 - $2,800

            Lily Karadada Three Wandjina Natural earth pigments on canvas Code 19451

            Theodore Bruce
          • Lily Karadada (Aboriginal Australian, ca. 1937) Wandjina and Wunggurr
            Mar. 09, 2023

            Lily Karadada (Aboriginal Australian, ca. 1937) Wandjina and Wunggurr

            Est: $1,000 - $2,000

            Lily Karadada (Aboriginal Australian, ca. 1937) Wandjina and Wunggurr paint on tree bark numbered 2071 (verso) 35 x 19 inches. This lot is located in Chicago.

            Hindman
          • Lily Karedada Wandjina Serigraph
            Dec. 03, 2022

            Lily Karedada Wandjina Serigraph

            Est: $200 - $400

            A Lily Mindildil Karedada (Aboriginal Australian, b. 1937) serigraph depicting a Wandjina spirit in earth tones with a turtle against a dotted ground. edition in pencil '40/100' lower left. Matted and presented in a frame behind glass. Sight: 43" x 28" SHIPPING Atlanta Auction Gallery will not ship this lot in house. The buyer is responsible for arranging White Glove delivery, independent courier, or Freight shipment. Auction house will supply preferred shipper list.

            Atlanta Auction Gallery, ltd
          • LILY KAREDADA, WANDJINA (RAIN SPIRIT) 1998, SYNTHETIC POLYMER PAINT AND NATURAL OCHRES ON CANVAS, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST'S NAME..
            Aug. 04, 2022

            LILY KAREDADA, WANDJINA (RAIN SPIRIT) 1998, SYNTHETIC POLYMER PAINT AND NATURAL OCHRES ON CANVAS, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST'S NAME..

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            LILY KAREDADA, WANDJINA (RAIN SPIRIT) 1998, SYNTHETIC POLYMER PAINT AND NATURAL OCHRES ON CANVAS, INSCRIBED VERSO WITH ARTIST'S NAME AND TITLE, 40 X 101CM

            Leonard Joel
          • Lily Karadada, c1937-, Wandjina, Natural earth pigments on canvas, 48 x 36 in. (121.92 x 91.44 cm.)
            Jul. 29, 2022

            Lily Karadada, c1937-, Wandjina, Natural earth pigments on canvas, 48 x 36 in. (121.92 x 91.44 cm.)

            Est: $1,500 - $2,000

            Lily Karadada c1937- Wandjina Natural earth pigments on canvas 1998; Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Melbourne; acquired in 1999; Richard Kelton Collection, Santa Monica

            Abell Auction
          • Lily Karadada, c1937-, Wandjina (four figures), Acrylic on linen, 48 x 36 in. (121.92 x 91.44 cm.)
            Jul. 29, 2022

            Lily Karadada, c1937-, Wandjina (four figures), Acrylic on linen, 48 x 36 in. (121.92 x 91.44 cm.)

            Est: $1,000 - $1,500

            Lily Karadada c1937- Wandjina (four figures) Acrylic on linen 1998; Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Melbourne; acquired in 1999; Richard Kelton Collection, Santa Monica

            Abell Auction
          • ATTRIBUTED TO LILY KAREDADA (born c.1937) Wandjina 1986 natural earth pigments on bark
            Jun. 16, 2022

            ATTRIBUTED TO LILY KAREDADA (born c.1937) Wandjina 1986 natural earth pigments on bark

            Est: $800 - $1,200

            ATTRIBUTED TO LILY KAREDADA (born c.1937) Wandjina 1986 natural earth pigments on bark cat. no. P6915-CITT 70 x 30.5cm PROVENANCE: Aboriginal Arts Australia Limited, Sydney The Collection of Mr. Kelton, United States of America

            Leonard Joel
          • LILY KARADADA (MINDINDIL) "Two Wandjina"
            Apr. 18, 2022

            LILY KARADADA (MINDINDIL) "Two Wandjina"

            Est: $600 - $1,200

            LILY KARADADA (MINDINDIL) "Two Wandjina" Acrylic on canvas. Painted in 2007. Comes with Certificate of Authenticity. Artwork is framed and ready to hang. 90cm x 42cm

            Ozbid Auctions
          • Lily Karadada Wanjina Bark Painting
            Mar. 22, 2022

            Lily Karadada Wanjina Bark Painting

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            Lily Karadada Wanjina Bark Painting From the 1970s In ochre. 80 x 41cm

            McKenzies Auctioneers
          • Lily Karadada - Wandjina, 2000
            Mar. 08, 2022

            Lily Karadada - Wandjina, 2000

            Est: $2,500 - $3,500

            When Kimberley art first found its way to the market during the 1970s, Lily and her husband Jack Karadada participated in the first exhibition in Perth. It was thought that bringing this unique tradition to public attention would ensure its survival. The assimilation of sacred elements into the secular did not detract from its numinous character, or its ability to mesmerise an audience. Lily’s refined style, full of subtle variations in tone, depict figures which often emerge from a veil of rain-like dots. They are accompanied by animal spirits, beautifully captured in uncluttered character. Lily’s totems are the turkey, possum, and white cockatoo. She belongs to the Jirrengar owlet moiety and the Wandjina hold a special affinity with the owl. A sympathetic Wandjina spirit rescued the legendary owl, Dumbi, from a group of playful children who were pulling out its feathers. Though the Wandjina returned to the clouds, a close association remained between the two. It is said that the Wandjina spirit figure is the embodiment of the rain spirit and ancestor of the Wonnambal, Ngarinyin, and Worrora peoples of the North West Kimberley. Wandjina figures are seen decorating the walls of caves in the plateau areas along the North Kimberley coast and are unique to this region. They are always pictured using red ochre, from a frontal aspect, with no mouths, large black eyes, and a slit or beak like nose. They are usually depicted in a veil of dots which represent the blood and water mix of man and animal. Dreamtime mythology has it that the Wandjina emerged from the clouds and will return in that form.

            Cooee Art
          • LILY KAREDADA (Karadada) (b.circa 1937) Wandjina, Natural ochres and synthetic polymer paint on linen, inscribed verso with A.G.O.D. #7291, 122 x 92cm. With A.G.O.D. certificate of authenticity and associated documentation.
            Nov. 28, 2021

            LILY KAREDADA (Karadada) (b.circa 1937) Wandjina, Natural ochres and synthetic polymer paint on linen, inscribed verso with A.G.O.D. #7291, 122 x 92cm. With A.G.O.D. certificate of authenticity and associated documentation.

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            LILY KAREDADA (Karadada) (b.circa 1937) Wandjina, Natural ochres and synthetic polymer paint on linen, inscribed verso with A.G.O.D. #7291, 122 x 92cm. With A.G.O.D. certificate of authenticity and associated documentation.

            Leski Auctions Pty Ltd
          • Lily (Mindindil) Karedada (born circa 1937) Wanjina
            Nov. 17, 2021

            Lily (Mindindil) Karedada (born circa 1937) Wanjina

            Est: $2,000 - $3,000

            Lily (Mindindil) Karedada (born circa 1937) Wanjina natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 44.0 x 25.0cm (17 5/16 x 9 13/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Lily Karadada (circa 1937) Wandjina
            Aug. 24, 2021

            Lily Karadada (circa 1937) Wandjina

            Est: $2,000 - $2,500

            Lily Karadada (circa 1937) Wandjina natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 66.0 x 30.0cm (26 x 11 13/16in). For further information on this lot please visit the Bonhams website

            Bonhams
          • Lily Karadada (b.c.1937) Wandjina 2002 Bark coolamon with natural ochres
            Jun. 28, 2021

            Lily Karadada (b.c.1937) Wandjina 2002 Bark coolamon with natural ochres

            Est: $400 - $800

            Lily Karadada (b.c.1937) Wandjina 2002 Bark coolamon with natural ochres Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Narrangunny Art N-2027-LK

            Theodore Bruce
          • Lily Karadada (b.c.1937) Wandjina 2007 Acrylic on canvas
            Jun. 28, 2021

            Lily Karadada (b.c.1937) Wandjina 2007 Acrylic on canvas

            Est: $200 - $400

            Lily Karadada (b.c.1937) Wandjina 2007 Acrylic on canvas The Rainmaker Wandjina is in her cave with her cave rocks. She sends down the rain for people to live. She has no mouth, but when you go into her caves you can hear her whispering (the noise of wind in the caves where many of the Wandjina figures appear). This one is a proper pretty one - for luck. Provenance Comes with a Certificate of Authenticity from Our Land Gallery, Kununurra, WA, cat. no. LK1. The Professor Gordon H Packham Collection of Aboriginal Art. Gordon Packham, University of Sydney, made a substantial contribution to our knowledge and understanding of the geology of New South Wales. He assembled this collection over more than sixty years and it is reflective of the deep connection he had with Australia's natural landscape as a geologist.

            Theodore Bruce
          • Lily Karadada - Wandjina, 1995
            Jun. 08, 2021

            Lily Karadada - Wandjina, 1995

            Est: $2,500 - $3,500

            Cooee Art Indigenous Fine Art Auction "Lily Karadada is the last of the great Wandjina painters from Kalumburu, on the north-western tip of Western Australia. She and her husband Jack Karadada participated in the first exhibition of Wandjina images in Perth during the late 1970s. Painted with earth pigments and other natural materials from the bush, her Wandjina figures generally have distinctive pointy shoulders and often emerge from a veil of rain-like dots which represent the blood and water mix of man and animal. They are accompanied by animal spirits, beautifully captured in uncluttered character. Lily+IBk-s totems are the turkey, possum, and white cockatoo. She belongs to the Jirrengar owlet moiety and the Wandjina holds a special affinity with the owl. It is said that the Wandjina spirit figure is the embodiment of the rain spirit and ancestor of the Woonambal, Ngarinyin, and Worrora peoples of the North West Kimberley. They are unique to the cave walls in the plateau areas along the North Kimberley coast, where they appear in from a frontal aspect in red and white ochre, with no mouths, large black eyes, and a slit or beak-like nose. " Contact Cooee Art for more information on this Aboriginal artwork.

            Cooee Art
          • Lily Karadada (C.1937-),
            Apr. 29, 2021

            Lily Karadada (C.1937-),

            Est: -

            ''Wandjina'', (Rain Spirit), natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on eucalyptus bark, inscribed verso with various catalogue numbers, plus attached original retail tag from Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, 55 x 26.5cm approx.

            Bargain Hunt Auctions
          • § LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA (born c.1921, Wunambal Language Group) A Painted Angum (Bark container) 1999 natural earth pigments and sy...
            Feb. 24, 2021

            § LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA (born c.1921, Wunambal Language Group) A Painted Angum (Bark container) 1999 natural earth pigments and sy...

            Est: $900 - $1,200

            § LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA (born c.1921, Wunambal Language Group) A Painted Angum (Bark container) 1999 natural earth pigments and synthetic polymer paint on eucalyptus bark with bush twine and resin inscribed on inside edge with date and Niagara Galleries cat. no. N-0811-LK 16 x 65 x 28cm PROVENANCE: The Artist Niagara Galleries, Melbourne The Superannuation Fund of William Nuttall and Annette Reeves, Melbourne Private collection, Melbourne EXHIBITIONS: Lily Karadada, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 26 October - 20 November 2010

            Leonard Joel
          • § LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA (born c.1921, Wunambal Language Group) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 2003 natural ochres and synthetic polymer pa...
            Feb. 24, 2021

            § LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA (born c.1921, Wunambal Language Group) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 2003 natural ochres and synthetic polymer pa...

            Est: $2,000 - $4,000

            § LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA (born c.1921, Wunambal Language Group) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 2003 natural ochres and synthetic polymer paint on linen inscribed verso with title and Niagara Galleries cat. no. N-2285-LK 100 x 60cm PROVENANCE: The Artist Niagara Galleries, Melbourne 2010 (label verso) Private collection, Melbourne EXHIBITIONS: Lily Karadada, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 26 October - 20 November 2010, cat. no. 6

            Leonard Joel
          • LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 1998 synthetic polymer paint and natural earth pigments on canvas
            Sep. 22, 2020

            LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 1998 synthetic polymer paint and natural earth pigments on canvas

            Est: $1,000 - $2,000

            LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) Wandjina (Rain Spirit) 1998 synthetic polymer paint and natural earth pigments on canvas artist's name, title and Narrangunny Art Traders cat. no. NAT0481 inscribed verso 40.5 x 100cm PROVENANCE: Narrangunny Art Traders, WA (stamp verso) Niagara Galleries, Melbourne 2000 (label verso) Private collection, Melbourne EXHIBITIONS: Lily Karadada, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 4 - 29 July 2000, cat no. 2

            Leonard Joel
          • LILY MINDILDIL KARADADA, WANDJINA, c.1988
            Aug. 19, 2020

            LILY MINDILDIL KARADADA, WANDJINA, c.1988

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            LILY MINDILDIL KARADADA born c.1937 WANDJINA, c.1988 natural ochre and pigments on eucalyptus bark 78.0 x 43.0 cm (irregular) bears inscription verso: artist’s name and Alcaston Gallery cat. AK138 PROVENANCE Painted in the Kalumburu region in the Kimberley, Western Australia Alcaston Gallery, Melbourne The Peter and Renate Nahum Collection of Aboriginal Art, London This work is located at our Sydney gallery © Lily Karedada/Copyright Agency, 2020

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • LILY MINDILDIL KARADADA, BARK CARRYING VESSEL WITH WANDJINA FIGURES, c.1985
            Aug. 19, 2020

            LILY MINDILDIL KARADADA, BARK CARRYING VESSEL WITH WANDJINA FIGURES, c.1985

            Est: $1,000 - $1,500

            LILY MINDILDIL KARADADA born c.1937 BARK CARRYING VESSEL WITH WANDJINA FIGURES, c.1985 natural ochre and fibres on bark 28.5 x 57.0 x 17.0 cm (irregular) PROVENANCE The Peter and Renate Nahum Collection of Aboriginal Art, London This work is located at our Sydney gallery © Lily Karedada/Copyright Agency, 2020

            Deutscher and Hackett
          • Lily Karadada - Wandjina - Rain Spirits
            Jun. 23, 2020

            Lily Karadada - Wandjina - Rain Spirits

            Est: $3,500 - $4,500

            Lily Karadada was born in her father’s country, the land of the Pitjarintjin people around the Prince Regent River on the Mitchell Plateau in Western Australia’s far north. Here, images of the Wandjina and Bradshaw figures are found in many of the caves. It is said that the Wandjina is the embodiment of the rain spirit and ancestor of the Wonnambal, Ngarinyin, and Worrora peoples of the North-West Kimberley. Wandjina are seen decorating the walls of caves in the plateaus along the North Kimberley coast. They are unique to this region. They are always pictured from a frontal aspect in red ochres. They have no mouths, large black eyes, and a slit or beak-like nose. Lily is renowned for depicting these spirits in a veil of dots, representing the rain generated by the spirit and the blood/water bond between man and nature. Dreamtime mythology has it that the Wandjina emerge from the clouds and bring the monsoon rains each season, thereby ensuring the survival of all living things.

            Cooee Art
          • Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) (2 items) - Clapping Sticks l. 42 cm (each)
            Apr. 02, 2020

            Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) (2 items) - Clapping Sticks l. 42 cm (each)

            Est: $150 - $250

            Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) (2 items) Clapping Sticks hardwood with incised carving and natural pigments l. 42 cm (each) Cooee Aborginal Art Gallery Certificate of authenticity

            Lawsons
          • Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) (2 items) - Clapping Sticks l. 42 cm (each)
            Mar. 26, 2020

            Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) (2 items) - Clapping Sticks l. 42 cm (each)

            Est: $250 - $350

            Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) (2 items) Clapping Sticks hardwood with incised carving and natural pigments l. 42 cm (each) Cooee Aborginal Art Gallery Certificate of authenticity

            Lawsons
          • LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) Wandjina c.1988 natural earth pigments on bark
            Mar. 17, 2020

            LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) Wandjina c.1988 natural earth pigments on bark

            Est: $1,000 - $1,500

            LILY KARADADA (born c.1937) Wandjina c.1988 natural earth pigments on bark inscribed verso with cat no. AP3191 81 x 38cm (irregular) PROVENANCE: Niagara Galleries, Melbourne 2000 Private collection, Melbourne OTHER NOTES: © Lily Karadada/Copyright Agency 2020

            Leonard Joel
          • LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA, BIRDS AND TORTOISES, NATURAL EARTH PIGMENTS ON BARK, 72 X 28CM, PROVENANCE: ART CENTRE KUNUNARRA
            Dec. 12, 2019

            LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA, BIRDS AND TORTOISES, NATURAL EARTH PIGMENTS ON BARK, 72 X 28CM, PROVENANCE: ART CENTRE KUNUNARRA

            Est: $750 - $1,000

            LILY MINDINDIL KARADADA, BIRDS AND TORTOISES, NATURAL EARTH PIGMENTS ON BARK, 72 X 28CM, PROVENANCE: ART CENTRE KUNUNARRA

            Leonard Joel
          • Lily Karadada (1937 - ), 'Ponnai Wandjina',
            Nov. 30, 2019

            Lily Karadada (1937 - ), 'Ponnai Wandjina',

            Est: $200 - $300

            circa 1996, limited edition screen print, 87/100, numbered and signed with cross, archival paper, image is 100 cm x 68 cm

            Bargain Hunt Auctions
          • LILY KARADADA - WADJINA AND LIGHTNING - Acrylic on canvas
            Nov. 26, 2019

            LILY KARADADA - WADJINA AND LIGHTNING - Acrylic on canvas

            Est: $3,000 - $5,000

            LILY KARADADA (B.1921) WADJINA AND LIGHTNING Our Land Gallery certificate included with this artwork Acrylic on canvas 132 x 144cm $3,000/5,000

            GFL Fine Art
          • Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) - Clapping Sticks l. 42cm (each)
            Nov. 21, 2019

            Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) - Clapping Sticks l. 42cm (each)

            Est: $250 - $350

            Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) Clapping Sticks hardwood with incised carving and natural pigments l. 42cm (each) Cooee Aborginal Art Gallery Certificate of authenticity

            Lawsons
          • LILY KARADADA born circa 1927 Bush Bucket (2004) ochre and synthetic polymer paint and string on bark 41 x 20 x 20 cm
            Oct. 23, 2019

            LILY KARADADA born circa 1927 Bush Bucket (2004) ochre and synthetic polymer paint and string on bark 41 x 20 x 20 cm

            Est: $1,500 - $2,500

            LILY KARADADA born circa 1927 Bush Bucket (2004) ochre and synthetic polymer paint and string on bark inscribed '19.8.00 / N-2154-LK' on base 41 x 20 x 20 cm PROVENANCE Niagara Galleries, Melbourne Mrs Rae Rothfield, Melbourne, acquired from the above on 13 October 2006

            Smith & Singer
          • Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) - Clapping Sticks l. 42cm (each)
            Aug. 22, 2019

            Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) - Clapping Sticks l. 42cm (each)

            Est: $300 - $500

            Lily Karadada (c1937 - ) Clapping Sticks hardwood with incised carving and natural pigments l. 42cm (each) Cooee Aborginal Art Gallery Certificate of authenticity

            Lawsons
          • A Bark Bucket by Lily Karadada, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kimberley Region, Western Australia
            Aug. 11, 2019

            A Bark Bucket by Lily Karadada, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kimberley Region, Western Australia

            Est: $200 - $400

            A Bark Bucket by Lily Karadada, Waringarri Aboriginal Arts, Kimberley Region, Western Australia original label attached H 33 cm, Dia 19 cm

            Theodore Bruce
          •  Lily Karadada (c.1937 -) Wandjina 2002
            Jun. 04, 2019

             Lily Karadada (c.1937 -) Wandjina 2002

            Est: $8,000 - $12,000

            Widely regarded as the last of the great Wandjina painters from the Kimberley in north west Australia, Lily Karedada was born near the Prince Regent River surrounded by caves and rock galleries. Here it is believed that during the creation period the Wandjina lay down leaving their life giving essence in the caves as they returned to their home in the clouds. Wandjina bring the monsoon rains and fertility to the land. They are usually shown either in groups or surrounded by associated totemic species. Always depicted frontally, their large eyes dominate in a mouthless face, sometimes on top of a simple robe-like body. Radiating lines around the eyes or in a halo around the head represent the lightning that heralds a storm. The first lightning strike renders their mouths tightly closed. If their mouths were left open, we are told, it would rain incessantly, carrying everything away in a torrent. The earliest transfer of these images from rock to bark was at the request of early missionaries and explorers during the 1930s. Lily’s Wanambal people were displaced from their traditional lands. Their way of life, including the regular re-touching of the rock images and conveying of stories by tribal elders was forbidden by missionaries. When Kimberley art first found its way to the market during the 1970s under the guidance Mary Macha, Lily and her husband Jack Karedada participated in the first exhibition in Perth. Bringing this unique tradition to public attention ensured its survival. The assimilation of sacred elements into the secular did not detract from its numinous character, nor its ability to mesmerise an audience. Lily’s refined style is full of subtle variations in tone. Her figures are outlined and rendered with the distinctive pointy shoulders of her particular cave area and often emerge from a veil of rain-like dots. They are accompanied by animal spirits, beautifully captured and uncluttered in character.

            Cooee Art
          • KARADADA Lily (born c.1937), Wandjina. Cat #AK297 (possibly Waringarri Aboriginal Artists)
            Jun. 02, 2019

            KARADADA Lily (born c.1937), Wandjina. Cat #AK297 (possibly Waringarri Aboriginal Artists)

            Est: $1,000 - $2,000

            KARADADA, Lily (born c.1937) Wandjina. Cat #AK297 (possibly Waringarri Aboriginal Artists) Natural Earth Pigments on Bark 114x52cm PROVENANCE: Collection of Elizabeth Fell.

            Davidson Auctions
          • Lily Karedada (c1937 - ) - Wandjina natural pigments on bark
            Apr. 04, 2019

            Lily Karedada (c1937 - ) - Wandjina natural pigments on bark

            Est: $1,000 - $2,000

            Lily Karedada (c1937 - ) Wandjina natural pigments on bark 104 x 60cm Palya cat no. PALYA-0028HR Waringarri Arts or Kalumburu Store Area: Kalumburu, Kimberley, Western Australia

            Lawsons
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