Wira Mankurpa (Three Small Bowls)
Wira Mankurpa (Three Small Bowls)
Wira Mankurpa (Three Small Bowls)

Unknown Artist

Wira Mankurpa (Three Small Bowls)

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The wira is a smaller version of the piti or wooden bowl which is a traditional woman’s carrying vessel for food and water. It is used in many ways including as a ladle for collecting water and for digging with.

Contemporary artists use walka, patterns burnt into the wood with wire heated on a wood fire. These relate Tjukurpa, stories about the Tjukuritja or Creation Ancestors and the activities which shaped the land, the people and their Law. Many of the details of Tjukurpa are restricted to senior custodians so it is not possible to describe the full story behind the walka.


Artist: Mixed Artist Unknown 
Language: Pitjantjatjarra, Ngaanyatjarra, Yankunytjatjara 
Location: Central Western Desert, Australia 
Medium: 'Itara' - River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis 
Combined dimensions: 200 x 290 x 55mm

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