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2004/15/1 Carved animal, 'Ngintaka' (goanna), river red gum, Billy Wara, Maruku Arts, Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia, 2003. Click to enlarge.

Carved Ngintaka (goanna)

Made by Maruku Arts in Uluru, Northern Territory, 2003.

This collection of carved animals from Uluru in the Northern Territory are a significant addition to the Indigenous collection. The Museum has a limited number of objects in the collection from the Mutitjulu community. All three of the artists are senior custodians in the community, with Topsy and Pulya being founding members of the Maruku Arts centre.

Contemporary carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and decorated with walka, pattern...

Summary

Object No.

2004/15/1

Object Statement

Carved animal, 'Ngintaka' (goanna), river red gum, Billy Wara, Maruku Arts, Uluru, Northern Territory, Australia, 2003

Physical Description

Large life-size carved Ngintaka (goanna), decorated with patterns burnt into the wood. The goanna is carved from a single section of wood and sit on four small legs. The head and the tail extend directly out from the canter of the piece with a subtle curve.

Marks

inscribed onto the underside of the piece in white and overwritten in green pencil "CJJ BILLY WARA / W2H181"

Dimensions

Height

200 mm

Width

120 mm

Production

Notes

Contemporary carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and decorated with patterns burnt into the wood. The animals all have their associations with the Tjukurpa, the stories of the Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and the Law. While many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to the senior custodians, this carving relates the Law of Wati Ngintaka, Perentie Lizard Man, and Billy Wara tells his story this way:

"And they were searching him as they went along. At Aran they frisked his stomach. But they couldn't find anything, searching in vain and left. The Perentie from my country is important, my Law is very strong at Aran."

Artist

Billy Wara

Source

Credit Line

Purchased 2004

Acquisition Date

11 February 2004

Cite this Object

Harvard

Carved Ngintaka (goanna) 2018, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 19 May 2019, <https://ma.as/343971>

Wikipedia

{{cite web |url=https://ma.as/343971 |title=Carved Ngintaka (goanna) |author=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences |access-date=19 May 2019 |publisher=Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, Australia}}

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