Australia/ Bathurst Island
Tribal Group: Tiwi
PAINTING, natural ochres and pigments, portraying Pukumani poles. These are associated with the funerary ceremonies of the Tiwi people of Melville and Bathurst Islands. Upon completion of the Pukumani ceremony, bark baskets, called tungas, which contained gifts and goods to be distributed among the celebrants, are emptied and placed inverted over the Pukumani poles.
The painted cloth
has been streched and attached to a wood backing.
ca 1990, at which tuime it was acquired on Bathurst Island.
by Mick Minkara