Lot 31
  • 31

Mani Luki (Harry Carpenter Wommatakimmi) circa 1905-1980

8,000 - 12,000 GBP
bidding is closed


  • Mani Luki (Harry Carpenter Wommatakimmi)
  • Bima
  • Natural earth pigments and natural resin on carved wood
  • 48cm high


Executed on Bathurst or Melville Island, circa 1960
Private collection, Sydney
Sotheby's, Important Aboriginal Art, Melbourne, 28 June, 1999, lot 174 (AU634)
Fiona Brockhoff, Melbourne


Open Air: Portraits in the Landscape, National Portrait Gallery, Canberra, 3 December 2008 - 1 March 2009

Catalogue Note

Cf: Sandra Le Brun Holmes, The Goddess and the Moonman: the Sacred Art of the Tiwi Aborigines, Craftsman House, Sydney, 1995, pp.35-49, for related examples of the artist’s carving now in the Holmes Tiwi Collection, Museum and Art Gallery of the Northern Territory; Michael O’Ferral, Keepers of the Secrets: Aboriginal Art from Arnhem Land, Art Gallery of Western Australia, 1991, p. 31, pl. 24, for a similar carving, formerly in the collection of Louis A. Allen, now in the collection of the Art Gallery of Western Australia.