Ms P. Thomas - Cave Burial - 120 x 90 cm - JA170/02

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Ms P. Thomas - Cave Burial - 120 x 90 cm - JA170/02

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Titre de l'œuvre : Nigamany (The Water Goanna Dreaming)

Artiste : Ms P. Thomas (1940-2018)

Format : 120 x 90 cm

Provenance et certificat : centre d'art aborigène de Warmun - Jirrawun

Référence de cette peinture d'art indigène d’Australie : JA077/00

© Photo : Aboriginal Signature Estrangin gallery with the courtesy of the artist and Warmun Arts.

Explanations related to this Aboriginal painting :

Ms P. Thomas has painted objects associated with Gija burial rituals. " After somebody pass away, the old people wouldn't eat beef for one month or long time and just have fish and witche􀆩y grub- lakranel. And they would make a chain out of hair- Dungul in Gija, and rub it with larkanal and kuntarril (fish) and wear it around the neck to remind them of the one passed away". Phyllis says this was also a sign to other people not to cook meat nearby- "they have to go long way." It was also part of Gija ritual to place the body of the dead in ant pits, or termite mounds. This painting shows ceremonies surrounding death.

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