Puntutjapana by Mantua James Nangala

Mantua Nangala 'Puntutjapana'122 x 91cm.jpg
Mantua Nangala 'Puntutjapana'122 x 91cm.jpg

Puntutjapana by Mantua James Nangala


Mantua James Nangala c. 1959

Acrylic on canvas

121 x 91cm

©The artist, Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd

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Sophisticated, perceived linear abstraction are often the hallmark of art of the Pintupi people. However, they are essentially entrenched in the landscape, sacred lore and ceremony.

'This painting by Mantua James Nangala, relates to the soakage water site of Puntujapana, west of Kiwirrkura Community and near Jupiter Well in Western Australia. A group of women travelled from west and camped at this site before continuing east to Marrapinti, Kiwirrkura and Wirrulnga.  While in the area of Puntutjapana, they gathered the edible fruit known as pura, or bush tomato, from the small shrub Solanum chippendalei.  This fruit is the size of an apricot and after the seeds have been removed, can be stored for some time by threading the fruit on to skewers made from straight sticks.  The lines with the attached arc shapes in the painting represent the stored fruit.'  Text ©Papunya Tula Artists Pty Ltd


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