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Tjunkiya Napaltjarri

Rockhole at Umari - 2002

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 153.0 cm
Price Realised: $5,124.00

MP #411


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat No. TN0211245
Tjala Aboriginal Art, NSW
The Mike Chandler Collection, NSW


accompanied by a Papunya Tula certificate of authenticity


Collector’s Edition, August 2013, Cooee Art Gallery

Along with sister Wintjiya and her mother Mitjili Napurrula, Tjunkiya participated in the camp in 1994 that initiated painting amongst the Pintupi women. Her paintings generally depict designs associated with the rockhole site of Umari, situated in sandhill country, east of Mt. Webb in Western Australia.


In this work the lines through the centre represent the sandhills surrounding the site. A group of women gathered here to perform ceremonies. The women, one of Nangala kinship and others of Napaltjarri kinship, later travelled towards the east. One of the mythologies associated with the area concerns a relationship between a Tjakamarra man and Nangala woman. This is a mother-in-law relationship which is very taboo in Aboriginal culture.