2015/0023 Parlini jilamara (Tunga)

Parlini jilamara (Tunga)

Artist

Jean Baptiste (Pulukatu) APUATIMI
Aboriginal/Indigenous
Birth:
24 Jun 1940
 in
Pirlangimpi (Garden Point), Melville Island, Northern Territory
Death:
18 Feb 2013
 in
Bathurst Island, Northern Territory

Artwork

Title
Parlini jilamara (Tunga)
Date
2009
Medium/Material
ochres and earth pigments on bark
Dimensions
58.0 x 38.0 x 24.0cm (Height x Width x Depth)
Credit line
Purchased through the Sir Claude Hotchin Art Foundation, Art Gallery of Western Australia Foundation, 2015
State Art Collection, Art Gallery of Western Australia
Accession Number
2015/0023
Currently not on display

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A tunga (bark basket) is an all-purpose vessel. It features in Tiwi creation stories (Parlingari) and is believed to be a potent symbol of life. Yet tungas are also central to Tiwi funeral ceremonies, and can be seen draped over a newly erected tutuni (pukumani poles).The spider-woman made the first tunga used in a Pukamani ceremony (Jennifer Isaacs 2012).

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