Lot 59: NANCY NUNGURRAYI, (c.1935 2010), UNTITLED, 2007, synthetic polymer paint on linen
19 October 2016
South Yarra, AustraliaLive Auction
NANCY NUNGURRAYI, (c.1935 2010), UNTITLED, 2007, synthetic polymer paint on linen
bears inscription verso: artists name, size and Papunya Tula Artists cat. NN0710219
150.0 x 182.0 cm
Painted at Kintore in 2007
Papunya Tula Artists, Alice Springs
AP Bond Gallery, Adelaide
The Luczo Family Collection, USA
This painting is accompanied by a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artiststhat states: This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole and soakage water site of Marrapinti, situated in a creek west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia.
During ancestral times a group of women camped at this site before continuing their travels east to Ngaminya, Wirrulnga and Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay). While at the site the women made nose-bones, also known as marrapinti, which are worn through a hole made in the nose-web. These nose-bones were originally worn by both men and women but are now only worn by the older generation on ceremonial occasions.
As the women continued their travels towards the east, they gathered the edible berries known as kampurarrpa or desert raisin from the small shrub Solanum centrale.