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2019/76/1 Sculpture, 'Thap yongk', natural earth pigments on wood, by Joe Ngallametta, Aurukun, Queensland, Australia, 2004. Click to enlarge.

'Thap Yongk' by Joe Ngallametta

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Mr Ngallametta Snr (1945-2005) was one of the few remaining Kugu language speakers and was a senior lawman for the Kang'khan people of Snake river, south of Aurukun on Cape York Peninsula.

Thap Yongk relate to the most fundamental issues of Indigenous Australian culture - the inter-relationships of land, culture and the creation time.

Representing upturned trees, the Thap Yongk extend from the ground, suggesting branches hidden beneath the earth, while the roots are at the top of the poles. …

Summary

Object No.

2019/76/1

Object Statement

Sculpture, 'Thap yongk', natural earth pigments on wood, by Joe Ngallametta, Aurukun, Queensland, Australia, 2004

Physical Description

Hand carved milkwood in the shape of an upturned tree, with four rectangular shaped roots extending from the top of a cylindrical trunk. Alternating horizontal stripes of hand painted white and red ochre decorate the full exterior. The red representing the reflection of the sun as it sets over the Gulf of Carpentaria and the white, the salt water of the shore.

Dimensions

Height

2020 mm

Production

Notes

Carved and hand-painted by Mr Ngallametta Snr in 2004. The milkwood has been painted with ochre, the red representing the reflection of the sun as it sets over the Gulf of Carpentaria and the white the reflecting the salt water of the shore.

History

Notes

Mr Ngallametta Snr (b. 1945) was one of the few remaining Kugu language speakers and was a senior lawman for the Kang'khan people of Snake river, south of Aurukun on Cape York Peninsula. He was, until his passing in 2005, the senior carver at the Wik and Kugu Art Centre in Aurukun.

As Ngallametta once explained: 'Any people buy it, they come to my spirit, it is drawing in the spirit, this is for my relations and they learn it, it is law, when I die, I come back as this pole, this my life'.
(Mr Ngallametta Snr, interview with Trish Johnson, Aurukun, September 2002)

Source

Credit Line

Purchased with funds donated through the annual appeal and from the MAAS Foundation, 2019

Acquisition Date

10 October 2019

Cite this Object

Harvard

'Thap Yongk' by Joe Ngallametta 2021, Museum of Applied Arts & Sciences, accessed 3 December 2021, <https://ma.as/574951>

Wikipedia

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