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  • Object type

  • Museum number

    Oc2001,09.1

  • Description

    Textile (batik) on silk satin with design of three parallel lines of flame. Main colours (five dyeings): oranges, yellow, reds on deep red ground.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 2001 (May)
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Length: 200 centimetres (appx)
    • Width: 114 centimetres (check)
  • Curator's comments

    Nyukana Baker (Daisy) was the chair of Ernabella Arts 1989-2000. She has been making batiks since the 1970s. Examples of her works are in 25 galleries and museums worldwide. Partos, L. (ed.), Warka Irititja Munu Kuwari Kutu: Work from the Past and the Present, A Celebration of Fifty Years of Ernabella Arts (Ernabella Arts Inc., Ernabella, 1998). Eth.Doc. [830].See also Eickelkamp (1999), ''Don't ask for stories...'. The women from Ernabella and their art'.See Eth Doc 826 for details of copyright permission.

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  • Bibliography

    • Partos 1998 bibliographic details
  • Condition

    Good.

  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date

    2001

  • Acquisition notes

    Dr Diana Young, curator of exhibitions of contemporary art from central Australia and senior lecturer at Chelsea College of Art and Design (whose thesis was on Memory and Materiality in North-Western Australia) was asked by Dr Lissant Bolton (Oceania AK) to make a collection of central Australian textiles. Dr Young visited Ernabella at the beginning of May 2001 and asked Nyukana Baker (Daisy) if she would be interested in painting a batik for the British Museum. Daisy started the batik on 3rd May and posted it to Dr Young in Sydney at the beginning of June 2001.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number

    Oc2001,09.1

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