This colourful fine bone china Aboriginal gift mug shows motifs from the artwork Mina Mina Jukurrpa (Mina Mina Dreaming) - Ngalyipi by Judy Napangardi Watson.
It has a beautiful design that reflects the wild colours of Australia, and comes in its own gift box featuring more about the artist and her work.
Proceeds from the sale of this product directly benefit the artist and her community - the Warlukurlangu Artists of Yuendumu.
Due to the loss of commercial porcelain manufacturing in Australia, this item has been made overseas on behalf of an Australian owned company. Royalties benefit the local artist and their community.
ABOUT THE ARTWORK – THE PAINTING – MINA MINA JUKURRPA (MINA MINA DREAMING) – NGALYIPI
The country associated with this Jukurrpa is Mina Mina, a place far to the west of Yuendumu, Australia; which is significant to Napangardi and Napanangka women, the custodians of the Jukurrpa that created the area.
The Jukurrpa story tells of the journey of a group of women of all ages who travelled to the east gathering food, collecting Ngalyipi (Tinospora smilacina or snake vine) and performing ceremonies as they travelled. The women began their journey at Mina Mina where Karla-ngu (digging sticks) emerged from the ground.
Taking these implements the women travelled east creating Janyinki and other sites.
Their journey took them far to the east beyond the boundaries of Warlpiri country.
The Ngalyipi vine grows up the trunks and limbs of the Kurrkara (Desert Oak, Allocasuarina decaisneana) trees.
Ngalyipi is a vine sacred to the Napangardi and Napanangka women and has many uses, including as a ceremonial wrap; as a strap to carry Parrajas (wooden bowls) laden with bush tucker; and as a torniquet for headaches.
ABOUT THE ARTIST – JUDY NAPANGARDI WATSON
Judy Watson was born at Yarungkanji, Mt Doreen Station, at a time when many Warlpiri and other Central and Western Desert Peoples were living a traditional nomadic life.
With her family Judy made many trips on foot to her country, and lived for long periods at Mina Mina & Yingipurlangu, her ancestral country on the border of the Tanami and Gibson Deserts.
Just was taught painting by her elder sister, Maggie Napangardi Watson. She painted alongsider her at Warlukurlangu artists for a number of years, developing her own unique style.
She is at the forefront of a move towards more abstract rendering of Jukurrpa by Warlpiri artists; however her works retain a strong kurruwarri, which tell of the sacredness of place and song in her culture.
Judy Napangardi Watson has been exhibiting artwork since 1990 throughout Australia & around the world; including exhibitions in England, USA, China, Japan and The Netherlands.
Her works are featured in several major collections.
While this has been made overseas, royalties from these products directly benefit the artist and their community –www.warlu.com
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