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Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters)

  • Object type

  • Museum number


  • Title (object)

    • Kungkarangkalpa (Seven Sisters)
  • Description

    Painting, acrylic on canvas. Background of mainly green, red and white dots. A central focus of black, red, white and green circles are surrounded by a series of black circles with white, red and green rings. The white patches are depictions of salt lakes in the landscape.

  • Producer name

  • Ethnic name

  • Date

    • 2013
  • Production place

  • Findspot

  • Materials

  • Technique

  • Dimensions

    • Width: 234 centimetres (stretched)
    • Height: 197 centimetres (stretched)
  • Curator's comments

    This is the depiction of the artists' country, a Dreaming story ('Tjukurpa' in Pitjantjatjara language) which covers vast tracts of land depicted in the Spinifex people's country of the Great Victoria Desert. While elements of this story are highly sacred and secret covering aspects of sexual life and women’s rights of passage, the outline of the story is public knowledge. It relates the story of the women as they travel through the country avoiding the unwanted attention of a lustful man named Nyiiru. These are creation beings and as they travel, they leave land formations in their wake. This story accounts for the constellation of Pleiades in the southern sky. (Information from Spinifex Arts Project, 2014.)


  • Bibliography

    • Sculthorpe et al. 2015 p.88-9; fig.78 bibliographic details
  • Location

    On display: G24/dc2

  • Exhibition history

    2015 23 Apr-2 Aug, London, BM, G35, Indigenous Australia: enduring civilisation

  • Condition

    Lined and stretched onto a stretcher 2015.

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  • Acquisition name

  • Acquisition date


  • Acquisition notes

    This painting was made in 2013 under the aegis of the Spinifex Arts Project, a community-based art project in the Great Victoria Desert of Western Australia.

  • Department

    Africa, Oceania & the Americas

  • Registration number


  • Additional IDs

    • 13334 (previous number)

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