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2008/179/1 Bowl, turtle design, hand-formed earthenware with ash-glaze, designed and made by Thancoupie (Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James AO), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1970-1979. Click to enlarge.

Earthenware bowl by Thancoupie

This ash-glazed earthenware bowl was made by Aboriginal artist, Thancoupie (b. 1937), probably during the late 1970s when she lived and studied in Sydney. Its incised motif depicts the turtle that is native to her homeland of West Cape York Peninsula.

Born in the small mission town of Napranum, near Weipa, Thancoupie experienced a traditional childhood of hunting and travelling with her family in time with the seasons. As part of her upbringing, her female elders taught her traditional …

Summary

Object No.

2008/179/1

Object Statement

Bowl, turtle design, hand-formed earthenware with ash-glaze, designed and made by Thancoupie (Dr Thancoupie Gloria Fletcher James AO), Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1970-1979

Physical Description

Bowl, turtle design, hand-formed earthenware with ash-glaze, designed and made by Thancoupie, Sydney, New South Wales, Australia, 1970-1979

A bowl hand-formed from coarse clay. The matt exterior is pitted and unevenly shaped, and is incised with the name 'Thancoupie'. The ash glazed interior features a sgraffito design of a turtle, and rises to an unevenly formed lip.

Marks

Artists name, impressed into the base.

Dimensions

Height

75 mm

Width

125 mm

Depth

142 mm

Source

Credit Line

Gift of the Bishop family from the estate of Gloria Bishop, 2008

Acquisition Date

24 August 2008

Cite this Object

Harvard

Earthenware bowl by Thancoupie 2022, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 30 March 2023, <https://ma.as/365343>

Wikipedia

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