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Yalti Napangardi

Marrapinti - 2003

synthetic polymer paint on Belgian linen
122.0 x 91.0 cm
Price Realised: $12,200.00

MP #744


Papunya Tula Artists, NT Cat. No. YN0305088
Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings, Vic Cat. No. 10879
Ebes Collection, Vic


accompanied by a certificate booklet from Aboriginal Gallery of Dreamings and a certificate of authenticity from Papunya Tula Artists

Yalti had been living west of Lake Mackay before her small family group walked into the Pintupi community of Kiwirrkurra, where their relatives lived, in 1984. Prior to that, she'd had no contact with European Australians. Her Pintupi relatives had almost all been brought out of the Gibson Desert decades earlier and had settled in Haasts Bluff and Papunya. By the 1980s most had returned to live in the new remote settlements of Kintore and Kiwirrkurra adjacent to their homelands.


This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Marrapinti, situated in a creek, west of Pollock Hills in Western Australia.

The lines in this work represent the various geographical features of this site and its surrounds. In the song cycle for this region, a group of Ancestral women of the Nangala and Napangati kinship subsections camped at this site during their travels east. While at the site the women made nosebones, also known as Marrapinti, which are worn through the hole made in the nose web. These nose bones were originally used by both men and women but are now only inserted by the older generation on ceremonial occasions. The women later continued travelling towards Lake Mackay.