Possum Ceremony near Napperby bears artist's name, dimensions and Papunya Tula Artists catalogue number TC730609 as well as description of some of the iconography on the reverse synthetic polymer powder paint on board 35.2 x 52.4cm
PROVENANCE: Painted in 1973 Acquired from Papunya Tula Artists on July 26 1973 Private collection Superannuation Fund of William Nuttall and Annette Reeves
EXHIBITED: Blue Chip VIII, The Collectors' Exhibition, Niagara Galleries, Melbourne, 7 March - 1 April 2006, cat. no. 29
Tim Leura's exquisite sense of the visual pun is evident in this ceremonial scene which features depictions of ground designs, ceremonial objects and pairs of men sitting around a camp or circular ground painting (the combination of dotted U-shapes surrounding a set of concentric circles). The main image in the upper centre represents a ceremonial pole, with hooked boomerangs to either side. The combination of these elements suggests the human form, as does the orange body painting design below.
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