1987/0178 Purnara

Purnara

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
Purnara
Date
1985
Medium/Material
screen-print - one colour: black
Dimensions
50.8cm x 67.8cm (sheet)33.5cm x 42.3cm (image) (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased 1987
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1987/0178
Currently not on display

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Artist statementPurnara – this marking is like a number, a brand. It is used by the Aboriginal people over a big area. It shows that anything with this mark comes from the bush — desert, south of Kimberley. When people see this purnara carving, they know what number that country has. ‘Ah, that come from my country.’ Many tribes use the same number, same meaning, cut different way. Carving on nullanulla (spear), woomera (shield), coolamon (water holder), marralaly (shovel for cooking), wangkuli (pan for wheat), tarta (cup). (O'Ferrall, Jimmy Pike - Desert Designs, 1995)

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