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Rockhole site at Marrapinti

acrylic on linen

Payu Napaltjarri

This painting depicts designs associated with the rockhole site of Marrapinti, situated in a creek bed west of the Pollock Hills in Western Australia. The lines in this work represent the tali (sandhills) that surround the site.

A group of women of the Nangala and Napangati kinship subsections camped at Marrapinti during their travels further east. While at the site the women made nose bones, also known as marrapinti, which are worn through a hole made in the nose web. These nose bones were originally used by both men and women but are now only inserted by the older generation on ceremonial occasions. Upon completion of the ceremonies at Marrapinti the women continued their journey east to Ngaminya and then on to Wirrulnga before eventually travelling to Wilkinkarra (Lake Mackay).


This artwork is available for sale.