Ningura Napurrula #472
artist – Ningura Napurrula
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community – Papunya Tula Artists
year painted: 2006
dimensions: 153 x 91cm
medium: Acrylic on linen
This artwork can be viewed at our Noosa gallery.
about this painting: The large central roundel in this painting depicts Wirrulnga, a rockhole site in a small rocky outcrop east of the Kiwirrkura community in Western Australia. In ancestral times a group of women camped at this site. The women are represented in the painting by the arc shapes. This site is associated with birth and the elongated linear shape alongside the roundel in the painting symbolises the extended shape of a pregnant woman who gave birth at the site. While at the rock hole site the women made hair-string with which to make hair-string skirts, which are worn during ceremonies. The comb-like shapes in this painting depict the hair string skirts. As the women travelled they gathered large quantities of desert raisin. They ground the desert raisin and made a type of damper which they cooked in the hot coals. The small circles represent the desert raisin.