Important Aboriginal + Oceanic Art
14 October 2009

Ningura Napurrula

born c.1938

synthetic polymer paint on linen

122.0 x 90.5 cm

inscribed verso: artist's name, size and Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd cat. NN0607159

$8,000 - 12,000
Sold for $8,400 (inc. BP) in Auction 11 - 14 October 2009, Melbourne

Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Alice Springs
Private collection, Melbourne

Catalogue text

This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd, Alice Springs

Represented in this painting is Wirrulnga, a rockhole site east of the Kiwirrkura Community, Western Australia. Associated with birth, the rockhole is shown in the central roundel with the lines adjacent denoting a pregnant woman from the Napaltjarri kinship who gave birth at the site. In mythological times a group of women camped at Wirrulnga and made spun hair-string to make nyimparra (hair-string skirts worn in ceremonies). Afterwards they travelled north-east to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay) gathering bush food (kampurarrpa) and desert raisin, Solanum central, a plant whose berries are able to be eaten raw or ground into paste to make damper.