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  • Women's Ceremony by Gypsy Jones Pwerle (SOLD)

    30cm x 30cm

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    This painting represents a women's ceremony, known as awely to Gypsy. Women perform awely to heal the sick, connect with their country and teach the younger women so they can carry on the traditions of the community.

    U shaped symbols represent the women who are accompanied by their dancing stiks (straight lines) and coolamons (oval shapes). Coolamons are carved wooden bowls, used for different purposes such as carrying ochre paint used to paint their bodies during ceremony. There is a ritual just for the application of body paint where the women sing as each woman takes her turn to be 'painted up'. 

    The circles represent the site where the women are performing these rituals.


    Name: Gypsy Jones
    Skin name: Pwerle (also spelled Pwerl, Pula)
    Language group: Alyawarr
    Country: Atnwengerrp
    Lives: Utopia, Central Australia

      • Medium: Synthetic polymer paint on canvas
      • Size of painting: 30cm x 30cm
      • Size of canvas border: Approx 6cm
      • Background colour: Black
      • This painting comes unstretched and rolled in a tube.
      • This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticityand artist profile.