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WIRRIRRPI

PULPURU DAVIES


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YEAR:

1991

MEDIUM:

Acrylic polymer on 15 - 18oz canvas

DIMENSIONS:

1320mm x 1860mm
Wirrirrpi is the place in the Central Desert where Dreamtime ladies came to make kampurrar and pintjalpa (both important bush foods). It is a sacred place to women, a great song cycle is connected with it. The painting shows the ladies planting kampurrar and pintjalpa at places joined by the orange armature, itself, indicating a great hair belt made for this creation ceremony.Pintjalpa is seen in the blue fern-like motive and at a different stage of its preparation as the blue motives on the other side. Among these is a motif shaped like a magnifying glass, which is a spear thrower with a dish carved over its length, used to winnow this wild food.Other motifs show the women, represented by orange circles indicating their manguri (round rings for the head) to carry bowls, and the rockholes in the Wirrirrpi area. This painting shows the artists mother and sisters country.

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