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Piti (Collecting Bowl)

Telstra Finalist Cynthia Burke

Itara - River Red Gum

45.6cm x 26cm x 12.7cm

2019

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

The piti or wooden bowl is a woman’s traditional carrying vessel for food and water.  Together with a wana or mulga wood digging stick and a wira, a smaller version of the piti used to scoop soil or ladle water, it was used by women hunting for witchetty grubs, honey ants or small burrowing animals and their eggs. After loosening the soil with a wana it was shovelled aside from the hole with the wira and the bounty carried home in the piti. (Nowadays a crow bar, a short handled shovel and a billy can are the women’s hunting tools). The piti was also used for carrying an immense variety of other desert seeds and fruits. A manguri or head-ring, was used to cushion the bowl as the women carried it on their heads to collect food and water.  It is made of spun hair and emu feathers or coiled grasses.

As most contemporary Maruku artists use walka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire to relate Tjukurpa, stories about the Tjukuritja or Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law, this bowl is an increasingly rare example of women’s work.

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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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