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Lot 131: TOMMY SKEEN TJAKAMARRA , CIRCA 1930-2000 AND MILLIE SKEEN NAMPITJIN born 1932 NARGI DREAMING Synthetic polymer paint on canvas

Est: $15,000 AUD - $20,000 AUDSold:
Sotheby'sOctober 20, 2008Sydney, Australia

Item Overview


Bears artist's names, location (Balgo Hills WA) and date 1993 on the reverse Synthetic polymer paint on canvas


113 by 67 cm

Artist or Maker


Presented by the Wirrimanu Community (Balgo Hills) to a nurse as a gesture of thanks on her retirement
Private collection, Adelaide
Sotheby's, Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 9 July 2001, lot 79
Private collection, USA


Cf. Cowan, J., Wirrimanu: Aboriginal Art from the Balgo Hills, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1994, p.108, pl.42 and cover (detail), for a closely related depiction of the story

This painting represents a story from Tommy Skeen Tjakamarra's traditional country, which he often painted. Another closely related version, painted in a previous year, was chosen for the cover illustration of the first comprehensive survey of the art from Balgo Hills.

Auction Details

Aboriginal Art

October 20, 2008, 06:30 PM AEST

118-122 Queen Street Woollahra, Sydney, NSW, 2025, AU