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  • Title: Jilamara (12/15)
  • Artist: Jean Baptiste Apuatimi (dec)
  • Region: Tiwi Islands
  • Art Centre: Tiwi Design
  • Medium: Etching
  • Collection:
  • Dimensions: 49.7 x 56 cm
  • Edition Size: 20
  • Price ($AUD): $ 720

Artwork Story

Jilamara is the Tiwi word used to describe body paint designs. These designs are painted onto the body during Pukumani and Kulama ceremonies.


Pukumani is a Tiwi funeral ceremony and Kulama is an annual ceremony celebrating life and abundance. Kulama is a yam that emerges after the heavy rains. Traditionally, every line and every dot painted onto the body, on pukumani poles and bark baskets was a visual language which the Tiwi interpreted and understood.


© Jean Baptiste Apuatimi, c/o Tiwi Design



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