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Ronnie Tjampitjinpa 21

Tingarri Cycle - 2002

synthetic polymer paint on linen
121 x 182 cm
$13,500.00
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ID: 1110 LOCATION: Bondi Beach



Provenance

Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery, N.T
Private Collection, NSW
Coo-ee Aboriginal Art Gallery, NSW

Accompanied by a Aboriginal Fine Arts Gallery certificate and three photo’s of Ronnie painting

Exhibited

Earth. Fire. Water - Ronnie Tjampitjinpa, May 2015, Coo-ee Art Gallery

Story

The Tingarri song and dance cycles are the most secret and sacred of the deeply religious rituals of the Western Desert Tribes of Central Australia.

In the Dreamtime a group of old men moved continuously from waterhole to waterhole throughout the western desert. They were accompanied by novices and initiated men who were still undergoing ceremonies of instruction at various sites designated by the Tingarri men. These rituals consisted of hundreds of song and dance cycles telling of the travels and adventures of the Tingarri, their creation of sacred sites and fertility rites,the significance of body designs and decorations made of woven human hair and feathers,and cutting techniques which would make a boy progress to an initiated man,and initiated men become men of High degree. Human hair belts spun onto a cross spindle by an old man were worn,and long hair was tied back in a bun at the nape of the neck. Many of the procedures were secret but some could be revealed to outsiders. Until 1972 these were only passed on from generation to generation by designs drawn in the sand and their meaning explained in song and dance cycles.

Tingarri women usually accompanied the novices to give them support and encouragement to undergo their ordeals,but they stayed some distance away from the ceremonial ground, and when they heard the singing commence they clapped their hands repeatedly over their mouths and called out to the men “kutu,kuta,kuta, kuta” to let them know they had heard but now would move out of earshot. On their travels important serpents crossed their path at times and were incorporated into their song and dance cycles. In this painting Ronnie has depicted some of the sites in the desert south of Kintore at which novices were initiated into manhood. The lines represent sand and also the designs painted on mens’ bodies for the ceremonies


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