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99/103/1 Ceramic figure, 'Bima and Purukapali with the Spirit of their Dead Son Jinani', raku clay/ polychrome underglazes and body-stains/ clay slips/ sgraffito, decorated by Mark Puautjimi, made by Jock Puautjimi, Tiwi Design, Nguiu, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia, 1999. Click to enlarge.

'Bima and Purukapali with the Spirit of their Dead Son Jinani' by Mark Puautjimi and Jock Puautjimi

Designed
These ceramic figures are major examples of a new form of ceramic production at Tiwi Pottery on Bathurst Island. They are based on traditional figures carved in wood.

The Tiwi craft workshops were first set up as Tiwi Pottery by NSW potter Ivan McMeekin at Bagot Reserve, Darwin in 1968, later moving to Nguiu, Bathurst Island in 1971. At that stage pottery was made in a functional stoneware aesthetic (see 92/1559) espoused by McMeekin and English potter Michael Cardew. This aesthetic was …

Summary

Object No.

99/103/1

Object Statement

Ceramic figure, 'Bima and Purukapali with the Spirit of their Dead Son Jinani', raku clay/ polychrome underglazes and body-stains/ clay slips/ sgraffito, decorated by Mark Puautjimi, made by Jock Puautjimi, Tiwi Design, Nguiu, Bathurst Island, Northern Territory, Australia, 1999

Physical Description

Ceramic figure, 'Bima and Purukapali with the Spirit of their Dead Son Jinani', raku clay/ polychrome underglazes and body-stains/ clay slips/ sgraffito, decorated by Mark Puautjimi and made by Jock Puautjimi, Tiwi Design, Nguiu, Bathurst island, Northern Territory, Australia, 1999

Figurative sculpture made from buff clay, standing on thick horizontal rectangular base with rounded corners. The figure has an oval head, with short neck on a thick flat body with rounded shoulders. The upper body is without arms and connects to two thick legs. Atop the figure's head is an infant 'baby' figure with arms extended downwards and legs astride either side of the head.

The whole work is painted with ochre, brown, and black, in bold cross-hatch designs and depicted on the legs are brown crosses outlined in black.

Marks

Unknown

Dimensions

Height

840 mm

Width

310 mm

Depth

110 mm

Production

Notes

Made by Jock Puautjimi and decorated by Mark Puautjimi, at Tiwi Design, Bathurst Island, 1999.

History

Notes

Exhibited as part of the exhibition 'Tiwi Turtiyangani' of eight works by four artists working with clay (Jock Puautjimi, Mark Puautjimi, John Patrick Kalantumama, Cyril James Kerinauia, John Patrick Kalantumama), and one painter, Jean Baptist Apuatimi at Sutton Gallery, 254 Brunswick Street, Fitzroy, Vic 3065.

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 1999

Acquisition Date

20 September 1999

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Bima and Purukapali with the Spirit of their Dead Son Jinani' by Mark Puautjimi and Jock Puautjimi 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 25 September 2022, <https://ma.as/166344>

Wikipedia

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