Lot 31
  • 31

Mani Luki (Harry Carpenter Wommatakimmi) circa 1905-1980

Estimate
8,000 - 12,000 GBP
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Description

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

Provenance

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

Exhibited

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.
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