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Theme: The Land

Artist: Anatjari No. 1 TJAMPITJINPA
Birth/Death: 1927–1999

Title: Ceremonial ground

Credit Line: Purchased 1992. National Gallery of Australia, Canberra.

The intimate connection between people and the land is expressed in this scene of a ceremony where young men are initiated into higher levels of sacred knowledge of the Tingari — the ancestral law-makers of the Western Desert. The roundels that represent the participants also represent sacred sites. Anatjari No. 1 Tjampitjinpa evokes a sense of spiritual power through the mesmerising pattern of finely dotted concentric circles.

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