1987/0175 Mangkaja

Mangkaja

Artist

Jimmy PIKE
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1940
 in
Japingka, south of Fitzroy Crossing, Great Sandy Desert, Western Australia
Death:
03 Nov 2002
 in
Derby, Western Australia

Artwork

Title
Mangkaja
Date
1985
Medium/Material
screen-print - one colour: black
Dimensions
51.0cm x 66.8cm (sheet)33.8cm x 45.5cm (image) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1987
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1987/0175
Currently not on display

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Artist statementMangkaja or Wirringarri is a white bird from the Dreamtime. He is like an owl, with black and white markings around his eyes. He travels at night. Mangkaja came from Kiyili way. Some people were frightened of this Mangkaja. They found him sitting down on a log. They tried to kill him, but he flew up very high, and where he landed there sprung up a waterhole, Mangkajakura. Nearby this place is Malajapi, the campsite of the Mala spirit. Mala is the little bush kangaroo. The people come here to tell the spirit to send plenty of mala to the land. (O'Ferrall, Jimmy Pike - Desert Designs, 1995)

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