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Karen Napaljarri Barnes / Emu Dreaming

46cm x 46cm Acrylic on Canvas

SKU: 3949-13

$360.00

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Artwork is accompanied by Warlukurlangu Artists (Yuendumu) Art Centre Certificate of Authenticity/Provenance

ARTWORK DESCRIPTION

This particular site of the Emu Dreaming is at Ngarlikurlangu, north of Yuendumu. The emu travelled to the rockhole at Ngarlikurlangu to find water. This Dreaming (Jukurrpa) story belongs to Jangala / Jampijinpa men and Nangala / Nampijinpa women. In contemporary Warlpiri paintings traditional iconography is used to represent the Dreaming, associated sites and other elements. Emus are usually represented by their footprints, arrow-like shapes that show them walking around Ngarlikurlangu eating ‘yakajirri’ (bush raisin). In the time of the Dreaming there was a fight at Ngarlikiurlangu between an emu ancestor and Wardilyka (Australian bustard) ancestor over sharing the bush raisin. There is also a dance for this Dreaming that is performed during initiation ceremonies.

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