Punu Walkatjara, 2014


  • 80.5cm x 15cm x 10.5cm
  • 2014
  • Wanaṟi ~ Mulga Wood
  • Catalog No: 1148-L585O8-16
  • Contemporary carvings by Anangu (Central and Western Desert Aboriginal people) are known as punu, hand carved and often decorated with walka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. The animals all have their associations with theTjukurpa, the stories of the Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Tjukurpa is celebrated in inma (ceremony, song, and dance), story telling and art work. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians. Jason's innovative carving combines tradition with observation of other cultural influences brought with modernity. Both bird and snake hold many stories of the Law and land. Kuniya (python)Liru (dangerous snake) or Wanampi(water serpent) all have connections with the Tjukurpa dependent on the artist, their kin and country. Kuniya and Liru are particularly significant in the Creation Law of Uluru and features of the rock itself were shaped by a battle in which a Wati Kuniya was speared and later avenged by his aunt, who killed one of the warriors in the army of Wati Liru tjuta from the west. Tjulpu are less commonly carved but can range in size and species from the tiniest nyii-nyii or zebra finch to large walawuru, the wedge tail eagle.
  • Carving Other Sculpture
  • Maruku Arts and Crafts