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This painting is titled 'Ngapa Jukurrpa' or 'Water Dreaming', and is by Lynette Nampijinpa Granites, a Warlpiri artist from Yuendumu. It is painted in white, red, ochre-yellow and black dot method typical of the Western Desert artists, on a red-brown background. The horizontal or central motif shows a concentric circle at each end of a series of parallel wavy lines which travels through a central concentric circle. The concentric circles indicate waterholes with the wavy lines being water flowing from one to the other through a central waterhole. The U or C shape at each end shows someone sitting at the waterhole. Pairs of small red oval shapes outlined in white dots are spaced evenly along the top and bottom of the wavy line. These may be coolamans or wooden oval bowls for carrying water, or clouds. Further to the top and bottom of the painting are two pairs of C or U shapes back to back with an elongated oval separating them. These depict women sitting with clouds or sticks. A smaller concentric circle is placed in each corner of the painting, perhaps indicating a resting place or more waterholes. The background is infilled with repeating double lines of same coloured dots, side by side, making an undulating ground.

There is a label on the back reading, ' Lynette Nampijimpa Granites Nelson. Ngapa dreaming rain. Warlpiri dreaming site near Mount Theo.'

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Ngapa Dreaming
Additional names, titles, or classifications
object name:  painting (art)
title:  Ngapa Dreaming

Nelson, Lynette Nampijimpa Granites
Additional maker information
maker:   Nelson, Lynette Nampijimpa Granites
Northern Territory, Australia, Oceania
Additional place information
made:  Yuendumu, Northern Territory 
Date made
circa 1980
Additional date information
date made:  circa 1980 
Indigenous Australian; Warlpiri
Additional culture information
maker or user:  Warlpiri 
maker or user:  Indigenous Australian 

Materials & techniques
acrylic paint; canvas
Additional material & technique information
material: acrylic paint (overall)
technique: canvas (overall)
overall: 900 mm x 1210 mm
Additional measurement information
overall: 900 mm x 1210 mm
inscription: label Lynette Nampijimpa Granites Nelson. Ngapa dreaming rain. Warlpiri dreaming site near Mount Theo. .

vendor:  Beier, Ulli, Professor  sale 1994
donor:  Sinnott, Mark  gift 1994-12-08

Related subjects
material: acrylic paint
technique: canvas
maker or user: Indigenous Australian
object name: paintings (art)
maker or user: Warlpiri

Record created 2000-01-22 by JPUNNETT
Record last updated 2016-09-23 by XGVIEWS

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