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Lithograph titled Waru-Fire by [Kunmanara] Tapaya, 1993

2007.0088.0033

Lithograph titled Waru-Fire by [Kunmanara] Tapaya, 1993

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Physical description

A two colour lithograph of an Ernabella walka, in dark orange and yellow on cream coloured paper. The curvilinear design features five orange forms with deeply wavy edges separated by curved lines, and the background is infilled with a dot pattern. Handwritten text in pencil at the bottom of the page reads 'Artists Proof / Waru-Fire / [Kunmanara] Tapaya / July 1993'.

Statement of significance

The Ernabella Collection No. 7 consists of a wide variety of material dating from the early 1990s to early 2005. The collection includes baskets, seed body ornaments, paintings on silk and canvas, some prints, batiks and an important group of ceramics that were produced between 1997 and 2005.

These objects represent the continuing dynamism of cultural practices at Ernabella, and the manner in which the communities at Ernabella have responded to change in the region. They attest to the desire within the community to maintain cultural practices while developing commercial enterprises that provide an economic base for the community. The collection demonstrates the Ernabella community's continuing expression of cultural heritage through the production of new forms and provides direct links to earlier cultural practices and iconography.

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