Pearl shells that originate in the north-western coastal Kimberley region of the continent, are infused with ancestral powers that are associated with life-giving water in all its forms (rain, storms, cyclones, rivers, freshwater springs) and healing. They are an essential part of a maparntjarra or traditional healer’s tool kit and are worn by initiates in ceremony. While pearl shells originate in the northwest, they move along well-established traditional trade routes for thousands of miles across the continent, reaching far into the desert regions of western and central Australia, and beyond.
This painting is sold with an accompanying Papunya Tula certificate, that reads in part, “This painting depicts designs associated with Kalparti, a salt lake, west of Lake MacKay (Wilkinkarra).”
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