Lame Toby Mungatopi Tiwi Artist

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Toby Mungatopi Bark painting

Toby Mungatopi

 

Lame Toby Mungatopi  was a poorly known early  Tiwi artist. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if a Tiwi Bark Painting is by Toby Mungatopi by comparing examples of his work.

If you have a Toby Mungatopi  bark painting to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your Mungatopi painting is worth to me please feel free to send me a Jpeg.  I would love to see it.

 

 

 

Unlike most Tiwi artists Toby Mungatopi  is better known for his bark paintings than his burial poles or figures. Many of his bark paintings are covered in the same designs as those used on the skins of initiates. This makes his paintings collectable. Toby Mungatopi  works are similar in many respects to those of his relatives Ali Mungatopi and Deaf Tommy Mungatopi  This similarity makes it difficult to tell one from the other but fortunately all are collectable

Along with many other Tiwi Artists who did bark paintings, there is not a lot of information readily available about Toby Mungatopi. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Toby Mungatopi,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

Toby Mungatopi Bark Painting Images

The following images are not a complete list of bark paintings by Toby Mungatopi but give a good feel for the style and variety of this artist

aboriginal sculpture by Toby Mungatopiabstract aboriginal sculpture by Toby Mungatopi

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Illortamini Tiwi Sculpture Artist

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Illortamini

Illortamini was an early Tiwi artist who specialized in carved and painted figures. He carved figures representing Purukapali and Bima which are the Tiwi equivalent of Adam and Eve. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal sculpture is by Illortamini by comparing  examples of his work.

If you have a Illortamini sculpture to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your Illortamini sculpture is worth to me please feel free to send me a Jpeg.  I would love to see it.

 

 

Mickey Aruni

Illortamini died around 1973 and although he predominantly painted figures he is known to have painted at least one bark painting. His Early sculptures clearly indicate the sex of the figures. his later figures either through mission influence or buyer preference do not. Illortamini was a traditional elder and believed in his own cultural beliefs and new that sculptures would help maintain these beliefs in changing times.  His sculptures depict a Tiwi dreamtime story about Purukupali and Bima.

Purukupali was the first man on earth and while he was away hunting his wife Bima  was seduced by Purukapali’s younger brother brother Tapara. While making love to his brother she left her baby Jinani under a tree. The baby died when the hot sun shifted and the baby was no longer in the shade. When he returned Purukupali in his grief walked into the sea with his dead son and disappeared forever. Tapara, with his face slashed by a stick, became the moon. Bima became a curlew (bird). To the Tiwi people Purukupali was the first death, This first death  was followed by the first Pukumani (burial) ceremony.

 

Illortamini Sculpture and Bark painting images

The following images are all the examples of Illortamini work that I could find

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Mick Aruni Tiwi Sculpture

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ARUNI MICK

Mick Aruni
Sculpture

 

Mick Aruni was an early Tiwi artist who specialized in carved and painted figures. He carved figures representing Purukapali and Bima which are the Tiwi equivalent of Adam and Eve. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal sculpture is by Mick Aruni by comparing  examples of his work.

If you have a Mick Aruni sculpture to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your Mick Aruni sculpture is worth to me please feel free to send me a Jpeg.  I would love to see it.

 

 

 

Mickey AruniMick Aruni died around 1973 and although he predominantly painted figures he is known to have painted at least one bark painting. His Early sculptures clearly indicate the sex of the figures. his later figures either through mission influence or buyer preference do not. Mick Aruni was a traditional elder and believed in his own cultural beliefs and new that sculptures would help maintain these beliefs in changing times.  His sculptures depict a Tiwi dreamtime story about Purukupali and Bima.

Purukupali was the first man on earth and while he was away hunting his wife Bima  was seduced by Purukapali’s younger brother brother Tapara. While making love to his brother she left her baby Jinani under a tree. The baby died when the hot sun shifted and the baby was no longer in the shade. When he returned Purukupali in his grief walked into the sea with his dead son and disappeared forever. Tapara, with his face slashed by a stick, became the moon. Bima became a curlew (bird). To the Tiwi people Purukupali was the first death, This first death  was followed by the first Pukumani (burial) ceremony.

 

Mick Aruni Sculpture and Bark painting images

The following images are all the examples of Mick Aruni work that I could find

ILLORTAMINI ILLORTAMINNI ILLORTAMINNI (MICK ARUNI) ILLORTAMINNI MICKY ARUNI ILLORTMINNI MICK ARUNI MICK ARUNI MICK ARUNI MICK ARUNIMICK ARUNI Mickey AruniMicky-ARUNI_ARUNI MICKARUNI MICK ARUNI MICK ILLORTAMINI MICK

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CARDO KERINAUIA : Tiwi Sculpture Artist

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KERINAUIA CARDIO

Cardo Kerinaui
Sculpture

Cardo Kerinauia has been credited with being the first Tiwi artist to make figurative sculpture.  He carved figures representing Purukapali and Bima which are the Tiwi equivalent of Adam and Eve. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal sculpture is by Cardo Kerinauia by comparing  examples of his work.

 

If you have a Cardo Kerinauia sculpture to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your Cardo Kerinauia sculpture is worth to me please feel free to send me a Jpeg.  I would love to see it.

 

Cardo Kerinauia died in 1964 just when the sale of sculpture from the Tiwi islands was starting. This is the reason there are not many examples of his work. His sculptures clearly indicate the sex of the figures. Cardo was a traditional elder and believed in his own cultural beliefs and not those of the missionaries.  His sculptures depict a Tiwi dreamtime story about Purukupali and Bima.

Purukupali was the first man on earth and while he was away hunting his wife Bima  was seduced by Purukapali’s younger brother brother Tapara. While making love to his brother she left her baby Jinani under a tree. The baby died when the hot sun shifted and the baby was no longer in the shade. When he returned Purukupali in his grief walked into the sea with his dead son and disappeared forever. Tapara, with his face slashed by a stick, became the moon. Bima became a curlew (bird). To the Tiwi people Purukupali was the first death, This first death  was followed by the first Pukumani (burial) ceremony.

Cardo Kerinauia Tiyantingalayang Biography 1892 -1964

Cardo is arguably the most famous Tiwi Sculpture artist. He is credited with introducing carved human figures. It is believed he carved his first humanistic figures after seeing examples in the 1920’s in Darwin. He was employed for a period on the coastal vessels the Geranium and Moresby and travelled extensively. In 1954 he along with Aloysius Tipulmeeingi and Alie Miller Mungatopi travelled to Toowoomba to dance before the Queen. He may have carved for Charles Mountford around this time. By 1963 he was in his seventies and quite frail and some of his carvings were a joint effort with Don Hocking Budjameri. Cardo was not just a famous carver but also a traditional leader innovator and traditional dancer. He was an important figure at Kulama ceremonies and had high levels of ritual knowledge. He died in July in 1964. His funeral was in 1965.

His daughter Nancy married Albert Crocker who also became a well known Tiwi artist.

 CARDO KERINAUIA Sculpure images

The following images are all the examples of Cardo Kerinauia work that I could find


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ALI MUNGATOPI TIWI BARK PAINTING

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ALI Mungatopi Bark Painting

Ali Mungatopi
Bark Painting

Ali Miller Mungatopi was a well known Tiwi bark Painting artist.  The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their Tiwi bark painting is by Ali Mungatopi by comparing  examples of his work.

 

If you have a Ali Mungatopi bark painting to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your Ali Mungatopi painting is worth to me please feel free to send me a Jpeg because I would love to see it.

 

 

skin designs by MUNGATOPI ALI MILLER Unlike most Tiwi artists Ali Mungatopi is better known for his bark paintings than his burial poles or figures. Many of his bark paintings are covered in the same designs as those used on the skins of initiates. This makes his paintings very collectable. Many of Ali Mungatopi most collectable pieces are segmented by black thick lines with the areas in between filled with bright collour applied as dots. Ali Miller Mungatopi works are similar in many respects to those of his relative Deaf Tommy Mungatopi

Ali Mungatopi died in 1968 before the commercial production of barks took off. It is for this reason that there are so few examples of his work. No doubt had he been born 10 years later his works would have been far more prolifically collected.

Ali Miller Mungatopi was one of the Tiwi’s major dancers and holders of traditional knowledge. His brothers King Larry Mungatopi, Laurie one eye Mungatopi, Deaf Tommy Mungatopi and Lame Toby Mungatopi were also well known tiwi Artists. Ali was involved in the Snake bay patrols in 1943 and 1945. In 1948 Ali along with another famous artist Cardo Kerinauia danced for Queen Elizabeth in Toowoomba. Ali’s wife was called Polly who became close friends with Sandra Holmes a famous tiwi art collector. If anyone knows more information about the biography of Ali Mungatopi,  please contact me as I would like to add it to this article.

Ali Mungatopii Bark Painting Images

The following images are all the examples of Alie Miller Mungatopi Bark paintings that i could find.

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Enraeld Djulabinyana : Tiwi Master Sculpture

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Enraeld Munkara Sculpture

Enraeld Djulabinyana was possibly the most distinguished sculptors among the Tiwi people. He produced very powerful painted sculptures of Purukapali and Bima. The aim of this article is to assist readers in identifying if their aboriginal sculpture is by Enraeld Djulabiyanna by comparing  examples of his work.

 

 

If you have a Enraeld Djulabinyana aboriginal sculpture to sell please contact me. If you just want to know what your Enraeld Djulabinyana sculpture is worth to me please feel free to send me a Jpeg.  I would love to see it.

 

 

MUNKARA ENRAELDEnraeld Djulabinyana lived at Milikapiti (Snake Bay). He belonged to a group of artists on Melville Island in the 1950s and 1960s whose work was less influenced by the local Mission. His work can be distinguished from others because the arms extend directly from the bulbous head. The legs of his figures run straight down from flared hips. He often leaves a defined negative space between the legs which resembles Pukamani grave posts. Due to lack of missionary influence he is not ashamed to clearly show the sex of the figure.

Most of Enraeld Djulabinyana sculptures represent two key figures in Tiwi spiritual beliefs. Purukupali also called Purukuparli, Purukuparrli, Purukapali was the first man and while he was hunting his wife Bima was seduced by Purukapali’s brother Tapara  and she left her baby Jinani under a tree. The baby died when the hot sun shifted and shone on him. In his grief Purukupali walked into the sea with his dead son and disappeared forever. Tapara, with his face slashed by a stick, became the moon; Bima became a large wading bird called a cerlew. To the Tiwi people, this was the first death, and it was followed by the first Pukumani burial ceremony.

Enraeld Djulabinyana Sculpture images

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