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Body Paint by Lena Pwerle (SOLD)

90cm x 60cm

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Powders ground from red and yellow ochre (clays) and ash are used as body paint. The women sing the songs associated with their awelye as each woman takes her turn to be ‘painted-up’.

Women perform awelye ceremonies to demonstrate respect for their country and the total well-being and health of their community.


Name: Lena Pwerle
Skin name: Pwerle (also spelled Pula)
Language group: Anmatyerre
Country: Ahalpere
Region: Utopia, Central Australia
Born: 1934
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  • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
  • Size of painting: 90cm x 60cm
  • Background colour: Black