1989/0018 Tingari men dreaming at Mayilinna

Tingari men dreaming at Mayilinna

Artist

Freddy TJAKAMARRA
Indigenous
Birth:
c 1942
 in
Northern Territory
Death:
1994
 in
Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Tingari men dreaming at Mayilinna
Date
1974
Medium/Material
synthetic polymer on canvas board
Dimensions
80 x 61cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Gift of The Rothmans Foundation, 1989
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
1989/0018
Currently not on display

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Curatorial insightIn the Dreaming, the Tingari men journeyed across the Western Desert stopping in certain places to enact rituals that form an important part of present-day ceremonial cycles. In this painting a group of elders is sitting in a circle retelling the events that occurred at Mayilinna in ancestral creation times. They later show sacred objects and perform ritual ceremonies for the initiates who accompany them. The elders are represented by the band of circles in the middle and the novices are the rows of circles on either side. The bars connecting the circles represent the ceremonial poles erected during the ceremony. (Croft, Indigenous Art: Art Gallery of Western Australia, 2001)

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