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Marie Celine Porkilani

Paru Woman, Mopaditi - 1987

natural earth pigments on ironwood
235.0 x 13.0 x 13.0
EST. $5,000 - $8,000

#11985


Provenance

Tiwi Pima Art, Bathurst Island, NT
Collector’s Gallery, Sydney
Private Collection NSW

 

Mopaditi are spirits of the dead. Pukamani poles such as this represent individual people who have passed away and act as a mourning process that can continue after the deceased person has been buried.

Marie Celine was one of a group of elderly ladies who lived at Paru on Melville Island in the late 1980s. Their exhibition, Carved Wooden Sculptures by Tiwi Women from Paru, was held at Collectors Gallery, Sydney, in 1988. The women included Kitty Kantilla, Topsy Kerinauia, and Mary Puraminni. The carvings were notable for energetic and provocative figures. Many were tiered such as this fine example.