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Extremely Rare Josie Napangardi Aboriginal Dot Art canvas, Coolamon & Boomerang For Sale
Extremely Rare Josie Napangardi Aboriginal Dot Art canvas, Coolamon & Boomerang:
I really don’t know what any of these items are worth.
The canvases for similar pieces are offered in the range from $500 to
$22,000. Hopefully somewhere with greater knowledge that is willing to
share will assist me in finding a fair value for these. The canvas is a
very rare piece documented by Josie Napangardi. I fully suspect that
these items are valued very much closer to the $500 range than the $22,000 but
I really don’t know. This piece represents an era where Aboriginal women
were making their first venture into dot art and very few documented their
About 40 years ago, my good friend was stationed in Alice
Springs and purchased these on my behalf. I did some research on them and
here is what I found.
Aboriginal Dot Art canvas
From Claire, manager of Aboriginal Art Directory in Australia:
There are a few high-profile Napangardi
artists including Dorothy, so you might ask if she is related.
The work itself shows people sitting
around a campfire - the wavy lines might either be smoke or water.”
there, what a nice painting you have... but like yourself I don't have any
information on Josie, I also have a few older pieces like this but the artist
has not signed or is unknown... unfortunately 40 years ago there was little
record keeping especially from the remote west, come to think of it... it
hasn't really changed much Remote WA and NT is still outback and out of touch.
I would suggest finding some elders or indigenous art dealers from the area to
Roslyn Premont, Director of Gallery Gondwana in Australia:
Although I don’t know the artist it looks
like a classic bush food painting done most likely by someone of the Warlpiri
language group although it might also be of the Luritja or Anmatjera language
As the Bush Potato Dreaming is an
important and widely associated with many dreaming sites I have included some
background for you on the story.
This painting tells the Dreamtime story of
two women of the Napurrula and Nakamarra skin groups who are searching the
countryside for bush potatoes. When they search for food the women always take
coolomon dishes and digging sticks, their basic hunting equipment.
Bush potatoes grow as roots underground,
so the women must use the digging sticks to find them. The potatoes are
collected in the coolomon dishes and carried back to camp to be cooked in hot
The circle in the middle represents the
hole that the women dig to find the potatoes. The meandering lines represent
the complex root system of the bush potato plant. The colours indicate the
variety of flowers that the bush potato can have depending on the conditions
under which it grows. This Dreaming took place in the Northern
Aboriginal Coolamon Carved Mulga Wood Bowl 80's
Included is a handmade 80's Vintage Aboriginal
Coolamon, carved from Mulga Wood and decorated with burnished poker wood art.
Coolamons are an oval multi-purpose shallow
vesselor dish with curved sides that are made from sections of Mulga,
White or River Red Gum and from Beanwood in West Australia.
Coolamon is traditionally used by Indigenous
Australian Women for gathering water, bush tucker, fruits, seeds,winnowing
grains in the traditional bread-making process, general cooking vessel and were
also used to carry or cradle the tribes babies. They could even be used as a
hat or umbrella. The design on a coolamon generally depicts the bush foods that
the women would collect. They are painted or plain as well as burnt and incised
(Pokerwork) on the exterior with various designs.
The art of wood carving and making Coolamons are
generally made by the men and have always been part of the Aboriginal
culture... out of necessity, using only the most rudimentary of tools, the
aboriginals carved wood for many purposes... tools to hunt with, gather food,
to build shelters, boats for traveling, fishing, for protection, for ceremony
and dance and to mark sacred sites. The carvers and artifact makers have passed
their knowledge to successive generations, who are continuing the make these
collectable items with the same clever craftsmanship as their Traditional
CONDITION:This item is Vintage 80's, Pre-owned and it is in very
good condition. There are no splits, chips, cracks or damage to the wood. The
coolamon is watertight, it has a nice naturally aged patina. The item in the
Photos is the one that you will receive.
WEIGHT & MEASUREMENTS:This weighs 397 gm. approximately unpacked and
measures 28 cm long (11 inches) x 15 cm wide (6 inches) x 8.25 cm (3.25 inches)
All measurements are approximate only.
I have not been able to find any boomerang with this
CONDITION:This item is Vintage 80's, Pre-owned and it is in
excellent condition. There are no splits, chips, cracks or damage to the
wood. The item in the Photos is the one that you will receive.
WEIGHT & MEASUREMENTS:This weighs 395 gm. approximately unpacked and
measures 74 cm long (29 inches) x 5.7 cm wide (2 ¼ inches)
All measurements are approximate only.
Not shipping internationally for this item.
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