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Cornelia Tipuamantumirri: Pupuni Jilamara


Details

  • No.:RK1584
  • Medium:Natural Ochres on Linen
  • Size:120 × 80 cm
  • Year:2018
  • Region:Tiwi Islands
  • Art Centre:Munupi Arts

During ceremony on the Tiwi Islands a series of ‘yoi’ (dances), are performed; some are totemic (inherited from the person's Mother) and some serve to act out the narrative of newly composed

songs. Participants in these ceremonies are painted with turtiyanginari (the different natural ochre colours) in varying designs, transforming the dancers and, in some cases, providing protection against recognition by mapurtiti (spirits). These designs can be applied in different ways, one of which is using the finger, or in this case a brush. Painting of the face also occurs. These significant artistic designs collectively are called ‘Jilamara’.


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