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Nanyin Maymura

(1918 -  1969 )
MAYMURA Nanyin Sacred Food Totem

Bonhams
May 11, 2014
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Nanyin Maymura - Sacred Food Totem

Nanyin Maymura - Sacred Food Totem

Original 1965
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Lot number: 73
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Nanyin Maymurra (1918-1969)

Sacred Food Totem, 1965

natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark

69.0 x 27.0cm (27 3/16 x 10 5/8in).

Footnotes

PROVENANCE

Aboriginal and Pacific Art, Sydney

The Collection of Milton and Alma Roxanas, Sydney, acquired from the above in 1996

The descriptive label attached verso reads: 'The black shape represents a bush yam near a fresh water billabong. The hunter's dillybag is shown at the centre filled with yams and 2 fish either side which have been caught in the billabong.'
Nanyin Maymura - L'esprit Gardien De L'arbre Paperbark

Nanyin Maymura - L'esprit Gardien De L'arbre Paperbark

Original 1968
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Lot number: 57
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Nanyin Maymura (1918-1969)
L'esprit gardien de l'arbre paperbark / The Guardian Spirit of the Paperbark Tree, c. 1968
Ocres naturelles sur écorce / Natural ochres on bark
83 x 35. 5 cm (Cat. N°NAM 68 001)

Provenance :
Executed in the Yirrkala region of North East Arnhem Land Rothmans of Pall Mall, Canada Ltd The McIntosh Gallery, University of Western Ontario, Canada Sotheby's, Aboriginal Art, July 2003, Sydney

Exhibitions :
Art of Aboriginal Australia, touring exhibition, Canada, 1974-1976 Literature: Edwards, R. , Art of Aboriginal Australia, Presented by Rothmans of Pall Mall Ltd, Canada, p. 42, cat. 52

Description :
L'oeuvre représente un bâton à fouir sacré appelé wadjura, dont s'est servi Nyapililnu, une personne ancestral, afin de prélever de l'écorce d'eucalyptus et de s'en faire une protection contre les pluies torrentielles durant ses sorties de chasse.

Elle est l'esprit gardien du paperbark (type local d'eucalyptus) qui a enseigné à son peuple les différentes façons d'utiliser son écorce; pour en faire des paniers par exemple (haut de l'écorce).
Le bâton à fouir est décoré d'une corde en écorce et de plumes de perroquets, des éléments réalisés par les femmes selon le savoir-faire transmis par Nyapilinu.

Le motif peint sur le bâton est inspiré des peintures corporelles féminines.
Des gouttes de pluie sont également visibles sur la partie centrale du bâton à fouir.
Au bas de l'écorce, un puits sacré est représenté, de même que des oeufs de tortues.
La pluie est symbolisée par les lignes courbes et l'herbe par les hachures entrecroisées.

The notice on the back of the back reads : The artist has painted the sacred digging stick called Wadjura which was used by Nyapililnu, an ancestral figure, to prise paperbark from the trees to shelter her head from torrential rain whilst she was out hunting.

She is the guardian spirit of paperbark, and taught her people many uses for it, such as maling a basket for carrying food, similar to the one shown in the top of the painting.
The digging stick is decorated with feathered string at the top of the painting, and Nyapililnu taught the women how to make this from another type of bark tree and from coloured feathers of parrots.

Beneath this string is the cross-over design with which women decorate their bodies, again using feathered astring.
Raindrops are shown in the centre of the digging stick.
A sacred well is shown at the bottom of the painting, and the elliptical shapes represent turtle eggs.
Rain is represented by curved lines, and the crosshatching represents grass.
Nanyin Maymura - Untitled

Nanyin Maymura - Untitled

Original 1960
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Lot number: 162
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NANYIN MAYMURRA (1918-1969) Untitled c.1960s natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark 77 x 22.5cm
Nanyin Maymura - Untitled

Nanyin Maymura - Untitled

Original
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Lot number: 152
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Nanyin Maymurra (1918-1969)
Untitled
natural earth pigments on eucalyptus bark
77.0 x 22.5cm (30 5/16 x 8 7/8in).
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