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Tiwi Vase

Jock Puautjimi

wheel thrown glazed ceramic vase

38cm x 15cm x 15cm


Jilamara (body painting). We use these designs on our body for Kulama and Pukumani ceremonies. The dots means people,we call them Pwanga & the lines we call Malapinyina. This tradition of mark making is the foundation for modern Tiwi art. Tiwi painting in its origins, is the transcription of marks traced in ochre on the bodies of dancers in ceremonies.




Tiwi Designs Aboriginal Corporation

Tiwi Design Aboriginal Corporation was incorporated in 1980 and is one of the longest established Indigenous art centres in Australia. However, the beginnings of Tiwi Design emerged in 1969 when two young men, Bede Tungatalum and Giovanni Tipungwuti began carving into wood blocks and printing onto textiles. These young men became known as the first Indigenous screen-printers in Australia and began a tradition that continues today at Tiwi Design.

‘Bima Figures’ Maria Josette Orsto 2020

More Artworks from Tiwi Designs Aboriginal Corporation

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