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Lily Karadada - the last of the great Wandjina painters
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Main Image 9927
Cat.No: #9927
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Lily Karadada
Wandjina
2003
natural earth pigments on linen
160 x 120 cm
$11,500 AUD

Indicated prices are in Australian dollars including GST. Please note that prices are subject to change at the discretion of the gallery.
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Provenance: Narrangunny Art Traders, W.A

Story: 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. Other versions suggest that Dumbi the owl is the model which is why it is prominent in some of the stories.