Contemporary Tjara (Western Desert Men's Shield)
Contemporary Tjara (Western Desert Men's Shield)
Contemporary Tjara (Western Desert Men's Shield)

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Contemporary Tjara (Western Desert Men's Shield)

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'Tjara atuni, wanari atura tjuni atukatara wiyaringkula tjana alani, mara tjarpantjaku. Ka palunya runkantjikitjangku pikangka runkani ka anga tjunanyi. Kuranilta ngulungku paluru ila mulapa runkani ka wii, tjilkali, tjilkali anu untura waninyi pungkula waninyi, pungkula waninyi. Kutjarangku pulangku kutitji tjara palyangku, ngalkilpai patjuri wiya panya.'   Wati Tjilpi 

'The shield is cut from mulga wood, the front is cut, chopped and cut and when that’s finished an opening is made in the other side for your hand. In a fight when being attacked, it is used to block blows. A ferocious fighter attacks from close up and look out, you’re dodging and deflecting the strikes whizzing past you. Two men will use shields like this to save themselves from being hurt.'     Senior Anangu Man

 

Details

Artist: Sampson Jackson
Language: Ngaanyatjarra
Location: Warakurna, Ngaanyatjarra Lands, WA
Medium: pyrography on carving - 'wanari' - Desert Mulga, Acacia aneura
Dimensions: 396 x 123 x 53mm
Weight: 1kg



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