Body Paint by Ada Bird Petyarre

Ada Bird Petyarre 'Body Paint I' 75 x 75cm.jpg
Ada Bird Petyarre 'Body Paint I' 75 x 75cm.jpg

Body Paint by Ada Bird Petyarre

900.00

Ada Bird Petyarre   1930 - 2008

Acrylic on canvas

75 x 75cm

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In Aboriginal culture, traditional ceremonies play an important part  in society. Ceremonies are celebrated by both men and women but are kept separate. It often involves the painting of the top half of the body, respective of the occasion, in designs using ochres and animal fat (for adhesion). Besides traditional ceremonies, other events could be the death of a loved one, boys' initiation, fall of rain for example. The body painting ceremony plays a significant role in the development and continuation of Aboriginal culture.