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Bobby West Tjupurrula

Tingari Cycle - 2002

Synthetic Polymer Paint on Belgian Linen
180.0 x 150.0 cm
EST. $15,000 - $18,000

#16098


Provenance

Papunya Tula, NT, Cat. No. BW0203039.
Private Collection, NSW
Lawson~Menzies, Aboriginal Art Auction, Sydney, 23/11/2004, Lot No. 23
Private Collection, VIC

sold with the original Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd Certificate

The painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Umari, situated in sandhill country, east of Mt. Webb in Western Australia.

The Tingari Cycle is a secret song cycle sacred to initiated men. The Tingari are Dreamtime beings who travelled across the landscape performing ceremonies to create and shape the country. They gathered at these sites for Maliera (initiation) ceremonies. The sites take the form of, and are located at, significant rockholes, sand hills, sacred mountains and water soakages in the Western Desert.

Tingari may be poetically interpreted as song-line paintings relating to the songs of the people and creation stories of places in Pintupi mythology.