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.
As most contemporary Maruku artists use walka, Blank bowls are an increasingly rare example of woman's work.
Artist: Mixed Artist Unknown
Medium: 'Itara' - River Red Gum Eucalyptus camaldulensis
Location: Warakurna Community, Ngaanyatjarra Lands WA