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Mimpu (Water Bowl)

Telstra Finalist Cynthia Burke

Murr-Murrpa (Desert Bloodwood)

11cm x 25cm x 26cm


Buy a beautiful work from our this years Telstra finalist Cynthia Burke.

The mimpu or deep wooden water carrying bowl is a traditional woman’s vessel designed especially for transporting water. It usually carved from a knot or scar on the trunk of a Desert Bloodwood or a curved root section of the River Red Gum tree. Contemporary artists use walka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. These relate Tjukurpa, stories about the Tjukuritja  or Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians so it is not possible to describe the full story behind the walka.

Kapi tjukurla are the waterholes represented by circles. By their very nature waterholes also mark sites related to the Creation Ancestors’ journeys across the country; the ‘dreaming tracks’ followed by countless generations since.

“I learned burning by watching my mother and other family members. The designs of my family and watching nature helped me to develop my own designs. I enjoy the burning process and how my designs grow on the wood. In the old days Yarnangu walked around from waterhole to waterhole to survive and by doing so followed the ancestral tracks. I like to represent and remember this on my sculptures.” Cynthia Burke

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Come and visit our unique booth and look for works from our 2020 Telstra finalists Cynthia Burke and Dallas Smythe.

For over 30 years Maruku has operated as a not-for-profit art and craft corporation, owned by Anangu. More then 500 Aboriginal artists belonging to over 20 remote communities across the Central and Western Deserts, make up the collective that is Maruku. Our purpose is to keep culture strong and alive, through art, craft, tours and organic experiences.

We are the only Central Desert art organisation that specialises in Punu – wood carvings.

You will find here everything from traditional carved miru (Spear thrower) to our unique walka boards (etched plywood boards).

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Refund Policy

It is very important to us that you are happy with your purchase. If not, we will fully refund you for the value of the artwork, minus the postage costs. You must notify us within 10 days of receiving the artwork if you are not fully satisfied. You need only to pay the cost of returning it to Maruku. The artwork must be returned in its original condition with all of its accompanying documentation for the guarantee to apply. Upon receipt of the artwork we will issue you the refund.

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